Yesterday Brazil's President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvamade said that the global crisis was caused by "white people with blue eyes." Silvamade made this statement after talks with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on how to save the world economy and forge a global consensus. See FOX News.
During a press conference, da Silva, a socialist who told Brown poor countries should not have to suffer because of the mistakes of the rich, suddenly pointed his finger at Brown and said, "This is a crisis that was caused by white people with blue eyes. And before the crisis, they looked as if they knew everything about economics."
Sky News' Joey Jones said it was an "uncomfortable" moment for Brown.
"The President does not mind using fairly flamboyant language. He likes to give extensive answers to journalists," he said. "But some of it was rather awkward for the Prime Minister, who was standing there listening to the President. A few eyebrows will have gone up at what he said."
According to Jones, people in Brazil are aggravated at the injustice of the situation: they feel that the crisis has come from the U.K. and the United States, but yet it is affecting their country as well.
After the meeting Brown said he was going to urge the G20 leaders to support a billion dollar fund to try to reverse the world trade slide.