Even before the Americas summit was over, George W. Bush had moved on.
The US president is visiting Brazil for talks with his counterpart Lula da Silva. They are said to get along well, despite political differences.
Brazil’s conflict with the US over cotton subsidies is likely to be one of sensitive issues on the agenda.
As in Argentina, Bush’s visit provoked protests. In Recife, a group of several hundred demonstrators marched up to the US consulate and began throwing paint and rocks.
In Sao Paolo, police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. The protest was focused on the central business district of the city where US banks have their offices.