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

Obama jokes: GOP wants me in the Amazon

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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."

Filed under: President Obama • Republican Party
soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Fleura

    Couldn't have said it better myself, Obama never stops short of a "jab". It is rather refreshing to have humor in his side.

    March 14, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  2. Chris

    Nope – he's already about as lost as he can get – we're good.

    – Republicans Everywhere

    March 14, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  3. Tony

    If you can tone down the spending, this republican wants you at the white house

    March 14, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. Wedge

    I wondered how long it would be until he laughed off the concept of bipartisanship entirely.

    March 14, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. Josh

    We don't need him to get lost in the Amazon because he has already managed to do that by himself

    March 14, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  6. lc


    March 14, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. Carole

    The Republicans are the LOST party. LOL I missed all the positive and patriotic comments when the stock market rose. Oh wait, they just come slithering out when it is down.

    March 14, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    The Republican Party is in the trash can, where it belongs.. So please Mr. President.. dont leave for a trip down the Amazon.. We need you here to continue your wonderful work and to save what is left of the United Stated after eight years of destruction and waste under GW BUSH

    March 14, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  9. LD

    Looks like Obama charmed the Brazilian president. Will be interesting to see his effect on Putin or Ahmenijad.

    March 14, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  10. Reatte Beaumont, Texas

    We could only wish that would happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sure that I'm not the only one in America that would wish that

    March 14, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  11. dumbocrat alert

    something only a liberal democrat would be allowed to say about the other party. i'm surprised any network would even report this.

    March 14, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  12. Pat

    Good strategy to preempt GOP with the get lost comment. (Take the wind our of your opponent's sails.)
    What is the coorelation between Obama growing up in Hawaii and visiting Rio? This piece of non-journalism does not state a lot of facts nor investigate any issue. It does not even state why Obama as a person growing up in Hawaii, feels it necessary to visit Rio.
    Obama should say think on thoughts and feel on emotions. I learned this in a rural elementery school far from any large city.

    March 14, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  13. chris rock #2

    pretty funny but he wasnt lying, the GOPers wudnt mind 2c obama leave n hve sarah palin in the oval office.

    March 14, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  14. Keith in Austin

    Many a truth is sais in jest!

    March 14, 2009 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  15. mike ny

    Obama's really got to stop worrying about what repubs think about him, who cares what they think. Does he think Bush cared about what Pelosi and other dems thought about him. The GOP will vote against and oppose everything Obama does, I'm sure he realizes it by now. I enjoy the jabs back and forth once and a while and its good to have opposing viewpoints on legislation.
    I can not stand this constant bickering between parties everyone should support the President whether he's a dem or repub. I guess this is a part of politics in every country, but partisanship in the US is simply out of control. I voted for Obama but would have been 100% behind Mccain if he won, as I was behind Bush even though I voted for Kerry. The whole political scene makes me sick we should be fighting terrorists and people that want to hurt our country rather than fighting each other. I guess I'll never understand it.

    March 15, 2009 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  16. arthur

    d prez is our choice 4 now.we wish him all d best of luck.republicans got us in thiz mess.they'll get lost not our leader.

    March 15, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
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