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Obama: Lula Is 'Most Popular Politician On Earth'

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LONDON — President Barack Obama _ wildly popular the world over _ says he isn't the globe's most admired politician. He says that title belongs to Brazil's president.

During a lunch at the Group of 20 summit in London, Obama shook hands with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and said: "This is my man, right here. I love this guy."

A bemused Silva _ who does not speak English _ appeared to enjoy the comments as they were relayed by an interpreter, grasping Obama's outstretched hand with both of his.

Obama followed the comment by saying Silva is "the most popular politician on Earth" and that it is because of "his good looks."

The comments were broadcast on Brazilian television and Internet sites in the original English with Portuguese subtitles.

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