President Obama will likely send an as-yet undetermined delegation to the funeral of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in an effort to thaw relations between the two countries, a senior State Department official told reporters Wednesday.
Ri….ght! This, while Chavez’s chosen replacement, Vice President Nicolas Maduro, a 50-year-old former bus driver and union leader (yeah, that’s about right), is telling Venezuelans that the cancer that Chavez died from was given to him by the United States. Just like, he says, they poisoned PLO leader Yasser Arafat. It’s ridiculous for Maduro to say that, and even more ridiculous that anybody believes it. The sad thing is, a lot of Venezuelans believe it. The effectiveness of this kind of propaganda has to be the envy of President Obama. But he’s not doing so bad himself. He got re-elected, and after 5 years in office, in the eyes nearly half the population, he manages to not carry the blame or responsibility for the sorry state of our country. Masterful.
I have a suggestion for who to send to his funeral. Dennis Rodman. And have him present Maduro with an autographed picture of Barack and Michelle. Or maybe Barack could autograph the pic with he and Hugo in a lip lock?