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A humble homage to Obama in Brazil's 'City of God'

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• A local, slice-of-life story from a Monitor correspondent.

It seems that bakery owner João Carlos de Sousa somehow knew what would be on the travel agenda for President Obama’s recent trip to Brazil.

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In the weeks leading up to Obama’s March 19-20 visit, rumors ran through the local press that the president would visit a favela (shantytown) with a new model of policing unit, but no one knew which one.

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Last June, Mr. de Sousa renamed his living-room-sized baked goods shop, located in the heart of the world-famous favela City of God, “Padaria e Confeitaria Barack Obama Ltda.”

He simply says he changed the name because he kept hearing “Barack Obama” on the news and from friends. “It’s an homage,” he explains.

And nearly a year after doing so, Obama chose City of God as the favela to visit and waved to de Sousa’s neighbors a stone’s throw from the shop.