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Thereâ€™s a famous saying that goes â€śif at first you donâ€™t succeed, try, try again.â€ť I think Brazilian President Luis da Silva, Lula, as he is called, is the testament to this saying. Lula ran for President 4 times before he was elected. Talk about stamina and perseverance. I donâ€™t know if I could do that. I have a lot of pride and it is not easy losing a national election. Campaigns in every country always consist of mud slinging, scandal, debate and many other arduous aspects. I do not think that I could stomach all of these things. Clearly, Lula can and has.
Now besides being determined, Lula also is intelligent. His approval and popularity rose each time that he ran for President.
So why and how has Lula been so successful? There are many reasons and factors that have impacted Lulaâ€™s path for presidency. For one, his appearance has changed. In 1989, Lula had somewhat of a straggly and haggard appearance. He had a long beard and disheveled look. He has progressively changed into what the Brazilians call â€śLula Armani.
Another reason why Lula has been so successful is that his ideology and political position has gotten more and more moderate. He started his career as a radical leftist. However, he has gotten â€śsofterâ€ť through the years. Many criticize this about him and call him a coward and a poser for changing his views. Now, it is personal opinion whether this is true. But people cannot deny that becoming more moderate has helped Lula significantly gain votes and approval from the Brazilian public and the international public as well.
Like many politicians, Lula has not been guilt free of scandal. His party has endured much turmoil with its members. Prominent PT members such as former chief-of-staff JosĂ© Dirceu, have been accused of laundering money and taking bribes. However, Lula has managed to have his hands clean of these scandals. He has adamantly denied having any knowledge of any uncouth behaviors performed by his staff or party members.
How is it
possible that the public believes Lula? Well, I have come to the conclusion
that Lula is almost like
Whether or not you are a supporter of Lula, you have to admit, Lula has impacted Brazilian politics. He may not be the greatest politician, but he has influenced the dynamics of the Brazilian political culture. However of course this has not been without much hard work and sacrifice. Lula has proven to us all that if we want something badly enough, we must be willing to give it our all and continuously work hard to obtain it. Consequently, my hat is off to you Mr. President. You truly embody the saying that the fourth time is the charm.