Thursday, September 21

Hugo Chavez: The Great Uniter!

Was anyone really surprised with what Hugo Chavez said yesterday? It's nothing he hasn't said at other press conferences. Did we really think that the leader who met with Russia, North Korea, Iran and Cuba to buy weapons and create an anti-alliance against the U.S. would praise President Bush? I'm in no way supporting or agreeing with his comments about President Bush being the Devil, but how much more coverage are we going to give him?

With that said, it was nice to see bipartisan support for the President. It's one thing to do it from Caracas, or for opponents of the President in the U.S. to get on him. Two of the biggest opponents of the President, Rep. Rangel and Minority Leader Pelosi, both joined in support of the President and the denouncing of Chavez.

(CNN)"You don't come into my country; you don't come into my congressional district and you don't condemn my president," Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, scolded Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

"If there's any criticism of President Bush, it should be restricted to Americans, whether they voted for him or not," Rangel said at a Washington news conference.

"I just want to make it abundantly clear to Hugo Chavez or any other president: Don't come to the United States and think, because we have problems with our president, that any foreigner can come to our country and not think that Americans do not feel offended when you offend our chief of state," Rangel said.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, was blunt in her criticism of the Venezuelan leader. "He is an everyday thug," she said.

"Hugo Chavez abused the privilege that he had speaking at the United Nations," Pelosi said. "In doing so, in the manner which he characterized the president, he demeaned himself and demeaned Venezuela."
It's time for Chavez to get out of The United States! This way we can get back to election politics and bashing each other!