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Brazil surprised by Dilma Rousseff’s ‘city tour’ adventure on a Harley-Davidson

Monday, August 26th 2013 - 03:43 UTC
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Minister Lobao: “you don’t just have to worry about yourself and Paula (her daughter) but also 200 million Brazilians” Minister Lobao: “you don’t just have to worry about yourself and Paula (her daughter) but also 200 million Brazilians”
The former Social Security minister Gabas who drove the president in his Harley Davidson The former Social Security minister Gabas who drove the president in his Harley Davidson

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff had a long standing wish and it was finally made true with the help of an accomplice and high ranking official from her administration: a ride in motorbike to see Brasilia first hand without being recognized.

The event took place on a Sunday night earlier this month when Dilma put on a protection helmet and rushed around the city with Carlos Gabas, a social security official who loves motorbikes and has his own Harley Davidson.

The story was leaked to the media by Mines and Energy minister Edson Lobao, but could not be confirmed at the Planalto Palace since the president does not have a driving licence and apparently has never commanded a motorbike.

However according to the Brazilian media, a member of the presidential staff on condition of not revealing his name admitted he would have never imagined that the president’s wish for a ‘look around town’ could have ever happened and in any case it was more like ‘a joke to keep us nervous’.

Gabas who loves motorbikes and when summoned to the Alborada Palace does so in his Harley Davidson, was the man responsible for the escape with the president sitting behind.

The ‘look around town’ apparently occurred when the lowering of the flag ceremony, so that those responsible for the president’s security would not interfere.

The revelation of her ‘city tour on a motorbike’ was made colloquially and with an air of happiness by the president to minister Lobao, who could not believe what he had heard.

“I couldn’t believe it but when I met (General Marcon Antonio) Amaro in the lift, I had to believe it”, said Lobao.

In effect when casually mentioning the ‘city tour’ President Rousseff told Lobao “not even he was aware” in reference to General Amaro, present at the meeting and who is responsible for the security and safety of the president.

But the General surprised the president: “We knew about it and I sent a party to follow the Lady from the distance” as not to quash the presidential wish that in effect she had had a motorbike adventure.

Anyway the president told Lobao, “the air of Brasilia had a better feeling” than in here. 
  
A shocked Lobao replied saying that “you don’t just have to worry about yourself and Paula (her daughter) but also 200 million Brazilians.” And Dilma Rousseff quickly replied “Life is full of risks; everything we do involves risk”.

However Lobao finally gave in, “it was an adventure of the president. She has a right to enjoy. Her post limits very much her options. She can’t walk in normally to a theatre, cinema or restaurants…”

When the news was leaked the media immediately tried to contact Gabas but there was no answer. Faithful to his passion he was off to the United States for a gathering of Harley-Davidson motorbikes, according to the photos in his Facebook
 

Categories: Politics, Brazil, Latin America.

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  • GFace

    Minister of No Fun Lobao... I look forward to the next Brazilian consulate opening in Sturgis. Rolling Thunder, baby!

    Aug 26th, 2013 - 07:55 am 0
  • ChrisR

    Only this time use something that has a bit of power AND good brakes if you want to enjoy the ride get a real motorbike.

    Harley Davidson riders:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHEeMkrMOtE

    Aug 26th, 2013 - 08:45 am 0
  • GFace

    @2, Sounds like she was safer than riding with a soccermom on a cellphone in a monster SUV loaded with kids and groceries. Hogs riders ≠ Hoons. I've shared the road with Sturgis-bound Harleys lots of times and an overwhelming majority, including the people in the scaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrryyyy jackets (watching people intimidated by them at gas stops along I-90 is fun!), and they are some of the most road-aware and most polite people on the road. They pretty much have to be. (The ones that don't, like the ones in your video, don't ride very long, and provide a public service by not keeping little Timmy waiting too long for his badly needed kidney transplant ;-)

    Aug 26th, 2013 - 09:07 am 0
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