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Ho hum: US and Brazil deepen ties, but pundits want big deals

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(Read caption) President Barack Obama meets Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff , Monday, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

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Dear Presidents Obama and Rousseff,
The pundits are disappointed and angry about US-Brazil relations. They want more. They wrote countless op-eds prior to President Rousseff's visit demanding more, and yet you gave them nothing. They want big new announcements about free trade deals, UN Security Council seats, visa waivers, and nuclear issues followed by a fancy state dinner in their tuxedos. You didn't do any of that.
Oh, sure. Your governments would say it's not nothing. You would point to a 3,000 word joint statement and a dozen fact sheets about all the programs and cooperation going on between the US and Brazil. But you can't expect the pundits to actually read those or care about the issues within.

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You don't seem to understand that the pundits don't care about your detailed cooperation agreements and the hundreds of hours spent by government officials working on various 21st century issues. They want you to take them back to 1994 and have the presidents whisper the words "free trade" into their ears. Until you do that, the pundits declare that Rousseff's visit was worthless and US-Brazil relations have failed. Feed the pundits (preferably at a state dinner) or face their wrath.

James Bosworth is a freelance writer and consultant based in Managua, Nicaragua, who runs Bloggings by Boz.