[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/14/art.obamaslula.gi.jpg caption="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."