Brazil: Jack & Janio

Eleven days after John Kennedy, 43, raised his right hand in snow-chilled Washington, Janio Quadros, 44, ducked his head through Brazil's green-and-yellow sash of presidential office in Brazil's unfinished new capital of Brasilia. The coincidence of age and time obviously struck Quadros. "This month's changes of administration in the United States and Brazil," he said, "give new hope of hemisphere-wide cooperation."

No less striking was the similarity of viewpoint, for Quadros also obviously viewed his job as that of a young man called in to solve a grave national crisis. In his inaugural speech, Brazil's new chief...

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