RIO DE JANEIRO – President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama headed to Rio to celebrate Carnevale!
There is a crisis in the Mideast, a crisis in Wisconsin, a looming budget crisis so… what better time for the President to go the biggest party in the world!
President Obama and the First Lady headed down to Rio – with Giselle Bundchen and Tom Brady – to take in the festivities. They all joined the Beija Flor Samba School and marched (danced) in the Sambadrome. Michelle is pictured above.
Here is the President’s costume:
Here’s Tom Brady:
Many government officials in Washington were outraged that the President would go on a vacation during the Libyan crisis. White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, told reporters, “Look the President wants to be clear… he loves a good party and there’s no way he’s going to miss it. Why should he let a crazy man like Ghadaffi ruin the party.”
Carney went on to say that the President is going to make an “important” decision about Libya in the next month – after he reviews all the options. “All the options are on the table, and the President needs to spread out the options and sit at the table and look them over. But he won’t be at the table until he gets back from Rio.”
The Rio Carnival is a wild 4 day celebration, 40 days before Easter. It officially starts on Saturday and finishes on Fat Tuesday with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday after which one is supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures. Carnival with all its excesses, celebrated as a profane event, can be considered an act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh. It usually happens in February, the hottest month in the Southern Hemisphere, when the Rio summer is at its peak.