From an approving Reuters:
Chavez to Obama: I’d vote for you, and you for me
By Helen Murphy | Sun September 30, 2012
CARACAS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – With both presidents facing tight re-election fights, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez gave a surprise endorsement to Barack Obama on Sunday – and said the U.S. leader no doubt felt the same.
What is surprising about this? As we noted at the time, Mr. Chavez called Obama a “good guy” and attacked Mitt Romney back in June.
“I hope this doesn’t harm Obama, but if I was from the United States, I’d vote for Obama,” the socialist Chavez said of a man he first reached out to in 2009 but to whom he has since generally been insulting.
Why does Reuters call Chavez a socialist and not Obama? Exactly where do they differ?
Chavez is running for a new six-year term against opposition challenger Henrique Capriles, while Obama seeks re-election in November against Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Venezuela’s election is next weekend.
And Chavez could very well lose, unless there is massive cheating. But you would never know that from Venezuela’s state run press, or our own.
“Obama is a good guy… I think that if Obama was from Barlovento or some Caracas neighborhood, he’d vote for Chavez,” the president told state TV, referring to a poor coastal town known for the African roots of its population,,,
Mr. Chavez seems to be unaware that Obama is from a highly privileged background. Of course, so is most of voters in the US unaware of that detail.
“After our triumph and the supposed, probable triumph of President Obama, with the extreme right defeated here and there, I hope we could start a new period of normal relations with the United States,” he said…
That is for sure. Mr. Obama will be able to be more ‘flexible.’ Although he has been pretty friendly already:
“Obama recently said something very rational and fair… that Venezuela is no threat to the interests of the United States,” he added…
Which, of course, just shows the dangerous perversity of Obama’s world view.
Since coming to office, Chavez has projected himself as the head of a global “anti-imperialist” movement inspired by his friend and ideological mentor Fidel Castro of Cuba…
And Fidel even endorsed Obama back in 2008. (Along with Hillary Clinton.)
Despite the ideological gulf between Washington and Caracas, both sides take a pragmatic approach when it comes to business, with OPEC member Venezuela remaining the United States’ fourth biggest crude supplier.
What “ideological gulf”?
By the way, one additional benefit Obama sees from strangling our own oil production is that it makes Chavez that much richer.