While at the G8 summit, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio gifted USA boss Barack Obama a Nike Brazil soccer shirt signed by the FIFA Confederations Cup winning Selecção. Seemingly knowing of Brazil’s 3-2 come from behind victory over the U.S., Obama posed with the shirt in sad face for photographers.
Obama has stated that he did play soccer while growing up in Indonesia and has said that he will attend next year’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
If he doesn’t like or want the Brazil shirt, we would surely like to take it off his hands. After all, he does have his own U.S. Nike Obama #44 jersey.
According to the Telegraph UK:
President Barack Obama was given a football shirt by the country’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva – but it was bittersweet, as the shirt was signed by the Brazilian national team, which beat the US 3-2 last month.
Mr Silva gave Mr Obama, a big sports fan, an autographed yellow Brazilian soccer jersey at the start of their morning meeting at the G-8 summit in Italy.
During their banter, which reporters partly heard through a translator, Mr Silva spoke animatedly of the June 28 soccer match between the US and Brazilian national teams in the Confederations Cup series. The game was a crushing loss for the underdog Americans, who led at the midway point, 2-0, only to lose 3-2.
Mr Silva repeatedly said, “Yes we can,” which was Mr Obama’s campaign catchphrase. Mr Obama smiled gamely; if he felt Mr Silva was rubbing it in a bit, he didn’t let on.”Hey, look at this,” Mr Obama said of the jersey, signed by the Brazilian team’s players. “Beautiful. All right, wonderful. I like that.”Robert Gibbs, the White House spokesman, later said Mr Obama ended his 30-minute session with Mr Silva by patting the Brazilian’s back and vowing, “we will not lose a two-point lead again.”
Source: Telegraph UK