It is no less than Michael Moore who wrote Lula’s entry in Time’s review of the most influential 100 people. The guy who has been so critical of American politics in the Bush era thinks Lula represents the new American way of life. The self made president’s appeal seems irresistible. A more careful analysis would show that Lula is harvesting what his predecessor, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, has planted. A stable economy, tamed inflation, a less intrusive state.
In Brazil, the news caused a huge impact. Part of the press proclaimed that “President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was elected to the U.S. weekly magazine Time as the most influential name in the world.”
The test of real time and history will show how much Lula has influenced Brazil.