After eight years in office, Lula said: “A head of state is not a person, an institution, (…) he has to carry out the agreements that are possible. I’ve learned that in power and I think has been good for Brazil. “
He further expressed that it is unacceptable that a president has a certain inclination with others with their own ideological bent: “I get along with Aznar and Zapatero, I have to relate to Pinera in Chile like I did with Bachelet. The exercise of power, I am a citizen, how can I say…? Multinational, multi-ideological, right? “.
He described the situation when he was elected Brazilian president: “The country had no credit, had no working capital or financing or income distribution. What kind of capitalism was that? A capitalism without capital. I decided then that it was necessary to first build capitalism, then make socialism, we must have something to distribute before doing so. “
In this vein, the president added that “if the country does not have anything, there is nothing to distribute, and employers need to know that they have to pay slightly higher wages so that people can buy the products they manufacture. Henry Ford already has said this in 1912. “