September 1, 2004
For Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil's left-leaning president, August was like Christmas come early. On the Friday the 13th he was able to go on national radio and television and tell Brazilians: "Today, after a little more than a year and a half in government, after much hard work and much sacrifice, I have good news for you. There is no longer any doubt. We are, at last, beginning a new and important cycle of recovery and growth."
The relief in his voice was there for all to hear. Until just a few months earlier, voters were clearly losing patience. Far from producing a "spectacle of growth" as he promised during campaigning in 2002, the first year of Lula's government de
Lula had a rough start in office, but the economy is beginning to recover. Now he needs to ensure that boom doesn't turn to bust.