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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Fish are jumpin’…” George Gershwin knew all about Brazilian politics. On the summery first day of March 2012, President Dilma (“the Big D”) should have been ashamed of herself. Sadly, she wasn’t, according to her doppelganger Ideli (the “Little D”).

One day later, at a ceremony transferring the command of the Ministry of Fishing and Aquiculture, the Big D milked out a tear, but it wasn . . .

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The Curmudgeon moved to Rio over forty years ago, and remained there until late 2018. He's been writing political commentary for The Rio Times for nine years. He once referred to himself as a WASP (look it up) but doesn't any more because it embarrasses him.