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Obama and family woo Brazil

Published 21/03/2011 | 05:00

Michelle Obama with daughter Malia at Palacio do Alvorada yesterday. Photo: REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE
Michelle Obama with daughter Malia at Palacio do Alvorada yesterday. Photo: REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama and his family visited one of the world's most notorious slums during their visit to Brazil yesterday.

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Residents crowded footpaths, rooftops and balconies to wave as Mr Obama's shining black limousine rolled through the narrow, proverty-stricken streets of Cidade de Deus, or City of God, made famous by an Oscar-nominated movie of the same name. At a community centre, the president shed his coat and tie, rolled up his sleeves and played football with a delighted boy, while Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia also kicked a ball around.

Mr Obama leaves Rio today for a visit to Chile and will wrap up his South American tour on Wednesday in El Salvador.

Irish Independent

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