The Curmudgeon on the First 100 Days

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Sunday April 10th marked the 100th day in office of President Dilma, “a Presidenta” as she styles herself. In the U.S., this period of time is often called “the honeymoon”, when presidents remain cozy with congress and the courts; on day 101, the backbiting and squabbling begin in earnest.

The question most asked this week is “how well did she do?” But there is another question always lurking in the background: “what has she done differently from Lula?” The answer to that is, quite a bit.

First, her appointees to the . . .

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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.