— Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Brazilian politician, 35th president of Brazil 1945
– during a speech in São Luís, the capital of the Brazilian state of Maranhão. After recognizing he cursed, he stated: "Of course I cursed. Tomorrow, commentators of the major newspapers will say that Lula cursed, but I'm aware that they curse more than I do everyday, and I'm aware of how the poor people of this country live.
"Quero tirar o povo da merda", diz Lula; watch http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/folha/videocasts/ult10038u664689.shtml, at folha.uol.com, 10.12.2009