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More exports, more jobs

US President Barack Obama is winding up his visit to Brazil, but the video above shows President Obama's plans and the reasons for his visit.

Brazilian news channels, economic and political insitutions have high expectations for this visit. They expect more access to US markets by means of fewer tariffs.

But what is Obama's goal in one word?


Jobs for the American people. How?


In his own words, "the more we sell overseas, the more jobs we create on our shores".

How does this benefit Brazil? Can you complete the sentence - the more Brazil imports, ...

The story in numbers

Watch the video to complete the sentences:

1. Every $1 billion of goods the US exports supports more than .......... jobs back home

2. President Obama plans to double exports by the year ..........

3. The US exports ....... times as much to Latin America as it does to China.

4. In ....., American exports to Brazil supported more than .................. American jobs.

5. Since 2004, exports to Chile are up (have increased) ......... percent and now support more than ............. American jobs.

For the answers click on the Read the Transcript icon.

James Bond?

No, the video does not talk about the famous Hollywood spy, but Obama uses the word BOND to talk about the relationship between the US and its "neighbors to the south". A bond is a close relationship, something that brings things together, that unites. It is a strong relationship based on values or ideals that the people involved have in common.

Who do you have a special bond with?

Is there someone you would like to have a bond with?

Open or Open up?

Obama talks about opening up markets in South America for US products. Is it the same thing as "open"?

According to, one of the meanings for open up is to make something more accessible. Most democratic countries have open markets, but the type of access can vary from country to country.

I can open a door but not have access to what's inside it. Maybe I don't have the privileges or the rights to the content.

What would you like to open up professionally or personally - a new relationship, a new job opportunity, a new company?


Angela said…
Great post, Stephan!
Your blog is very eclectic.
The subjects range from childhood diseases to Obama`s goals.

The particular question about opening up has called my attention.

"Open up" is the key expression for a rewarding life.
Political leaders need to open up, Religious leaders need to open up, Everybody needs to open up.

I think the ideal is to open up personally and professionally. I also believe that when you open up personally consequently you open up professionally.

When you break down internal barriers you take the chance to pursue bigger and better things.

My advice is :
Open up! Don`t limit yourself!
Rise to the occasion!
”Opportunities don`t knock twice"
Marianna said…
Hey Stephen!
Very nice indeed your blog!

I belive that being openned up personally you will consequently be openned up professionaly, it enables you to move more easily in the society.
Nowadays, the world demands us to be up-to-date constantly, and for that you must have a good networking, through personal contacts, internet, television and others.
So, you must keep your mind openned up otherwise you'll be left behind.

As Angela said:
Open up! Don`t limit yourself!
Angela said…
What`s Obama`s goal after all?
Did he have a hidden agenda?
Was he searching for popularity in South America?

Yesterday we were invited to reflect on the topic in Barbara Porto`s class at Cultura Inglesa.
She held an enlighting discussion, as usual.

My conclusion is that even if we don`t get more acess to the US markets by means of fewer tarifs, Obama`s visit can be considered profitable.

He made our children dream.
The poor Brazilian people identified with him and his family.

A little boy from Cidade de Deus was asked about what he wanted to be when he grow up.
You may predict the answer:
a soccer player?
a RAP singer?

No, the kid answered:

I wanna be a PRESIDENT!

PS: RAP = Rhythm and Poetry
Nielsen said…
What are Obama`s goals after all?
Let`s give this young and intelligent guy a credit.
These are his words:

“And that's why Brazil is my first stop on my first trip to South America: because we seek a deeper partnership with your government and a closer friendship with your people.”

“So there's no question that the United States and Brazil benefit from the economic ties we've developed over the years. But there's no doubt that strengthening those ties would be a win-win for both our nations.”

" In the last two centuries, there has never been a moment of greater promise for Brazil. It has often been said that Brazil is a country of the future. Well that future has arrived the United States supports the rise of Brazil as a global power."

"As friends and neighbors who have lived the same story, we are eager to be a part of your future, and fulfill our American dream together."
Anonymous said…
As Angela said, at least someome important made our people, mainly the children from lower income families, identify with positive values and dream about a better future.
Teresa said…
That´s it!

The identification with positive values may be the turning point.

The children who look up to traffic dealers , admiring them for their power, their expensive cars,gold watches, and so on, had the chance to identify with the most powerful man in the world.
Anonymous said…
Total identification!

Someone said that if Obama put on a Flamengo T-shirt and a cap, a Brazilian policeman would ask for his ID.

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