Venezuela President Chavez Ready to Talk to US President Obama
"Any day is propitious for talking with President Barack Obama," Chavez said at a news conference with foreign journalists ahead of the referendum. Chavez said he would be willing to meet with Obama before a summit meeting in April of Western Hemisphere nations. The White House has not yet responded.
The vote on Sunday over lifting term limits for Chavez and other elected officials was given more world media attention after the expelling of a Spanish lawmaker on Saturday who was in Venezuela as an electoral observer.
The referendum is the second time in 15 months that Chavez has sought to extend his stay in power beyond 2013, when his six-year term ends. Voters narrowly rejected an attempt in December 2007, which was bundled within a broader constitutional overhaul. Summing up the referendum on Saturday, Chavez said, "Venezuela is continuing on its march toward greatness."
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Why should I be angry with you? You can have Venezuela and Hugo Chavez, and you are welcome to them. Venezuela was fine before Chavez, I would not touch it with a 10-foot pole now and until Chavez is deposed or assasinated.
As for South Americans doing their own thing - I second that opinion. The US should leave them to their own devices. They have just as much natural resources and population to develop their countries as the US does. The US managed to develop beautifully, while South America is still a mess. Could it have something to do with the Anglo work ethic and know-how? And the laziness, corruption, ignorance and ineptitude of the Spanish and the Portuguese? Leave South Americans to their own devices, I say!
It is true that Venezuela relied a lot on their oil exports, and that they neglected their own production of goods/services; With their oil revenues, they could buy everything from abroad;
I was there last month, I've talked to the people, and I can compare with other south/middle American counties that I've visited before; Things are changing!
I think that Venezuela is doing well recently; a new economy, infrastructure, better education;
Chavez has a big mouth towards the US and Israel, but I am convinced that what he says, is what most of the EU-leaders think and are affraid to say; for sure he is the most integer and the least corrupted leader of the continent, although his references towards Simon Bolivar are a bit over it;
Central and South America should develop their societies in a free market atmosphere, with a strict gouvernment control and and clear redistribution of wealth. US interference is not good for them;
But yes, the US will be quiet busy cleaning their own house... :-)
Maybe Obama can listen to Mr. Chavez advice... :-)
Nelly, you will be very angry with me now?