Rio Gets Ready for Obama Visit

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  1. With carnival 2011 already a blurry, caipirinha-muddled memory, Rio de Janeiro is getting ready for a major event of an entirely different kind – Barack Obama’s visit to the city.
    The US president will make make a public speech in Rio’s Cinelandia[​IMG] square on Saturday (March 19th) as part of his first visit to Brazil this week. To say that security for the visit will be tight is something of an understatement, and mystery still shrouds the exact itinerary and security measures that will be put in place during the Obama family’s visit.
    He will address crowds in Cinelandia around 3pm, at an event that will be free to attend and open to the public, with security forces opening public access to the square at around 11.30am. The President’s speech will be translated via subtitles on a giant screen.
    Crowds are expected to turn out in force, and security measures will be rigorous, so expect to queue if you want to catch the US President’s address to the Brazilian people.
    It is thought that he may also pay a visit to the once-notorious Cidade de Deus (City of God) favela to see how the Police Pacification Unit installed there has driven out drug traffickers, and the White House has not ruled out a trip to see the Christ the Redeemer statue.
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  2. KyRoamer
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    Glad I left before he gets there. Traffic can be a mess at the best of times. Wonder what problems his visit will cause?
     
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    Announcements this morning say even the Metro station will be blocked off and restaurants and bars will also be closed. This is not making Cariocas happy. They do not do such drastic things when he visits NYC, why do it here? he will stay in the Sheraton Leblon which will also have numerous restrictions. Most of us were excited he was coming, but the enthusiasm is dropping fast.
     
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    Haha! I have been stopped/stuck in the subway in Atlanta while the motorcade passed by overhead!:)
     
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    This reaches a new level, or so I believe. the entire area around Cinelandia, where he will speak is closed off to everyone who is not authorized. The effect on commerce and daily life is out of my experience.

    That said, when I was a wannabe Private Pilot I was on a local solo flight when then-President Reagan suddenly decided to visit HPN. As a student pilot I bored hol;es in the sky for two hours while waiting for the airport to open. i was not authorized to land anywhere else. Minor trauma, but I got solo hours!
     

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