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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New Obama - Chavez video: A tense exchange?

In video footage from Venezuelan state television that emerged Monday, the interaction between President Obama and President Hugo Chavez this past weekend at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago is shown to have not been all smiles and back-pats, as has been widely reported.

In the video, there seems to be a level of subtly awkward discord between the always-cool Obama and a rather peripatetic Chavez. A description from the Los Angeles Times notes:
No smiles in this exchange. In fact, Obama at first appears eager to walk away and is held back by Chavez. The American president then dominates the ongoing discussion and is seen gesturing with his right hand and pointing his finger several times at Chavez's chest.
No word yet from the White House on the contents of this little-known exchange.
My comment: Maybe. If there was a disagreement between them, why didn't it come up at Obama's press conference on Sunday?

Let's go to the videotape.

Anyone speak Spanish who can translate what the broadcaster is saying?


At 8:59 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Hugo Chavez was happy enough to return his ambassador to Washington. So the exchange may not have been what it appears to be in the video.

At 12:31 AM, Blogger Rick007 said...

We now have a low class president.

At 1:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


what makes obama low class?

oh i know...must be his ivy league education

or could it be the color of his skin

awful when jews are racist...just awful

At 1:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh, the Left's version of Godwin's Law. The first person to call someone a racist loses.

At 8:41 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

She is giving the opposite impression, that in fact this was a love fest. Translation:

"...we can inform you that at the end of the whole gathering, the Pres Barack Obama came up again to the Pres Hugo Chavez , he took him again by the shoulder & told him, 'bye, bye my friend,' which is to say, 'adios, mi amigo.' We're going to show you exclusive images..."

She then goes on to recount BO's first initiated approaching Chavez "yesterday"(which I guess is maybe Sunday b/c of time of the interview), noting that after that Chavez reciprocated w/book gift; & she goes on to comment on the significance of the widely viewed photo of their grasp of hands, & says:

"...this encounter, this grasp of hands between Barack Obama & the President Hugo Chavez as has been said to us in the press notices we've been able to read indicates that this first encounter between both of these officials has been through respect, cordiality, trust & promises on the part of the President Barack Obama to not interfere in the internal affairs of nations of the hemisphere. Everyone trusts that this encounter which has taken place here, the meeting of Barack Obama with UNASUR, with the ___ that unites the Central American countries, & with the...(and then audio/video cuts off)"

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

LOL, no need to translate, thanks to a "secret, open mike" ;)



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