• A local, slice-of-life story from a Monitor correspondent.
In the weeks leading up to Obama’s March 19-20 visit, rumors ran through the local press that the president would visit a favela (shantytown) with a new model of policing unit, but no one knew which one.
Last June, Mr. de Sousa renamed his living-room-sized baked goods shop, located in the heart of the world-famous favela City of God, “Padaria e Confeitaria Barack Obama Ltda.”
He simply says he changed the name because he kept hearing “Barack Obama” on the news and from friends. “It’s an homage,” he explains.
And nearly a year after doing so, Obama chose City of God as the favela to visit and waved to de Sousa’s neighbors a stone’s throw from the shop.