A mother of three grown children cooks meat stew in her apartment on the coast of northeast Brazil. Live coverage of the pre-inauguration buzz has just come onto one of the three broadcast channels she barely receives on her huge flatscreen TV.
"Do you like Obama?" she asks me in terse Portuguese, without waiting for an answer. "I think he's great. He has love; you can see it in his face. And when a person has love, they can help people change. It's a spiritual virtue."
She looks at the broccoli and tofu stir-fry I'm making. "That looks gross," she says, and gets back to pounding her meat.