On March 27, 2009, the mainstream media reported that Brazilian leftist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in a meeting with UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, said, about the world economic crisis:
"This was a crisis that was fostered and boosted by irrational behaviour of people that are white, blue-eyed, that before the crisis looked like they knew everything about economics. Now they have demonstrated that they don't know anything about economics."
On Thursday April 2, 2009, during a lunch at the G-20 Summit in London, President Obama, as Lula approached him, said:
"That's my man right here. Love this guy. He's the most popular politician on earth. It's because of his good looks."