“Smart Diplomacy” SNAFU’s

DRAFT version:

Although screw-ups happen in any presidency, it’s funny to watch them occur during the era of “SMART DIPLOMACY”

Russia – Wrong word on the Reset button

UK – gift stub

Brazil

is meet and greet with the U.S. president was bumped to Saturday, and when the White House announced his official visit, they misspelled his name.

But when Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva becomes the first Latin American leader to sit down with President Barack Obama this weekend, he brings undisputed clout. …

[T]he White House made several moves interpreted as snubs by the Brazilian media.

Silva aides said the trip was pushed forward from Tuesday because of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday — making Latin America once again look like an afterthought. Then, the White House announcement misspelled his name as “Luis Ignacio” and put “Lula” — a nickname that decades ago became a legal part of the Brazilian leader’s name — in quotes.

Sources:
Brazil leader takes regional clout to White House
By BRADLEY BROOKS – 4 days ago

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