March 14th, 2009
05:40 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama jokes: GOP wants me in the Amazon

President Obama jokes with reporters in an Oval Office meeting with Brazilian President Lula da Silva on Saturday.
President Obama jokes with reporters in an Oval Office meeting with Brazilian President Lula da Silva on Saturday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama took a lighthearted jab at Republicans Saturday after a nearly 35-minute press op with Brazilian President Lula da Silva in the Oval Office.

It came when a Brazilian reporter asked him whether he planned to visit the Amazon. Obama joked: "You know, I would love a trip to the Amazon. I suspect that the Republican Party would love to see me travel through the Amazon and maybe get lost."

Obama said he was looking forward to visiting Brazil, though no dates had been set.

"I will tell you that because I'm somebody who grew up in Hawaii, I felt it was very important that I at least go to Rio, where I understand the beaches are pretty nice."


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  1. Geri

    IGNORE THEM PRES. OBAMA....

    Rush Limbaugh with all of his HOT-AIR, really does run the GOP folks, we all know this. And this is indeed a sad and very dangerous situation for our nation.

    Our country is facing some very serious issues right now with the economy staggering to come back, our foreign policy issues, not to mention: Our military troops in combative situations, ie wars in (2) countries. And imagine being led by John McCain and Sarah Palin right now. God forbid, and help us all.

    We surely would be at war with Russia right now if J. McCain had gotten into ofc., over Russia's Georgia invasion that took place just before our 2008 elections, which by the way, seems to be resolving itself in a diplomatic way, without J. McCain's help, thank you

    But John McCain's response during the Rick Warren Presidential debate, when he was asked how he would handle that type of a situation was: "You confront it."
    In other words, send our young men and women in, John wasn't going anywhere, mind you.

    I say, let President Obama do his job, which by the way he's handling quite well so far. The Republic Party with its Limbaugh leadership are finally being seen for what they are: Uncooperative, grown men and women with child like attitudes when it comes to working together with anyone to bring about something positive and constructive for anyone.

    March 14, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. Moe, NY

    LOL President Obama, once again you are right. The party of NO would love to have that happen. Not only do "We the People" have a people oriented President, but one with a sense of humor.

    March 14, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. Mac

    Pres. Obama, you're the best!!!

    March 14, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  4. Steve

    So much for post-partisan

    March 14, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. Jana

    We already know he is Lost. We’re hoping he finds "a way out” before he kills the rest of the country and all the lemmings who are following you blindly.

    March 14, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  6. Joanna

    Mr President you sir can stay! Its the gop that needs to get lost deep in the amazon.

    March 14, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. MTM

    The U.S. is in complete crisis. Despite the recent rally in the market the economy is in collapse. There is no end in sight. Obama jokes about getting lost and his desire to see the beaches in Rio. Maybe he should go visit the tent cities spring up throughout the country instead.

    March 14, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  8. dematheart

    People with brains would very much like to see the GOP go "somewhere". Maybe they could join their whacked out buddy the palin up thar in Alaska.

    March 14, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  9. creeper

    So much for "bipartisanship". Bipartisanship does not mean taking gratuitous whacks at people who do not agree with you. Mr. Obama has a tacky streak.

    March 14, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  10. Michael

    Change? Just more of the same.....

    March 14, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  11. fella from chicago

    I was thinking more the Devil's Triangle.

    March 14, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  12. tigerakabj

    Obama, you have it wrong. It is ME who wants the GOP to get lost. They are currently criticizing your budget, but have said they don't have an alternate one.

    50-something days into this, and I've just about had enough of these people.

    McConnell, Boehner, Cantor and co. getting lost in the Amazon is change I can believe in. Yes, they can.

    March 14, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  13. gl, Pittsburgh

    Good for you President Obama!

    March 14, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  14. pointofview

    obama is one of the most unprofessional people I have ever seen.

    March 14, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  15. Tom

    WOW.... I remember that exactly how BUSH used to treat his Democrat Critics...Yep he used to call out the DEMOCRATS every chance he got...

    WRONG. Bush never went after his critics like this new Pharoah of America does..

    Obama's plan "So let it be Written, So let it be done" Obama the god king.

    March 14, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  16. gENO

    Obama would do himself, his party and his country a service if he would forego the joking. That's not what we elected him for, and he can inadvertently do himself in with these witty remarks.

    March 14, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  17. Mandini

    If Obama got lost in th the Amazon the stock market would shoot 500 points. This would help all Americans,not just the GOP. Obama should put partianship aside and do whats right, Get Lost!

    March 14, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  18. beanne

    yea well he's right about one thing any way!

    March 14, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  19. Bob the Observer

    What's the difference between that joke and some of the jokes that Huckabee was grilled about?

    Outside of the "haters" who talk too much, most of us conservatives do not want to see any harm done to our president. Whether I voted for him or not, I'm for my president.

    He has tried to style himself after Ronald Reagan. He needs to learn to joke like Reagan did. It would help.

    March 14, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  20. MK, Miramar

    If you don't fix the economy soon, even Democrats would want to see you get lost.

    March 14, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  21. Ted

    Lol!
    He's right, tho.

    March 14, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  22. Valerie

    Get Real, Not RIo.
    Stand up comedians are for SATURDAY night, not the White House. Your agenda so far has been nothing short of stupid. It would seem that are current President is auditioning for a Hollywood movie. Enough all ready. Obama is not Jack Kennedy. He is not Martin Luther King. He is not Bobby Kennedy. He is not Abraham Lincoln. Nor is he ever likely to be any of these people. That is was worries me the most about our current President. He does not seem to know who he is.

    March 14, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  23. Independent_me

    Bet a million dollars that the Repugnants' response to this would be off the charts!

    They are very good at making mountains out of molehills, after all!

    March 14, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  24. WhoWhat

    So much for bipartisanship.

    March 14, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  25. EBJ

    it's good the president has a sense of humor about it all because he might as well realize that the GOP is still smarting from losing the election and I doubt if they are willing to work with him anytime soon. Just as he said in a speech he extended his hand and they extended a fist. They treated Clinton the same way so DC ain't gonna change soon.

    March 14, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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