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Obama Smiles and Shakes Hands with Hugo Chavez

- Presidents Barack Obama and Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's socialist leader, met Friday and shook hands on the sidelines of a summit of their hemisphere's democracies.

Obama walked across a hotel meeting room to meet Chavez for the first time, said a senior U.S. administration official who witnessed it and spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the details of the event. The official said Obama initiated the encounter.

"We shook each other's hands like gentlemen, and it was predictable this would happen," Chavez said. ... Read full article »
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  • Fef 2009/04/18 08:09:32
    Fef
    +35
    I don't understand why president Obama would go out of his way to shake hands, smile and say "como estas?" to this dictator thug from Venezuela.

    Chavez consider America the devil and the world's biggest menace. He denounces America, capitalism, and called former president Bush "the devil." Chavez condemns our ally, Israel and compares them to Hitler on Arab television.

    President Obama could have learned something from Spanish King Juan Carlos I, who knows how to deal with thugs and demand some respect for our country.


    BTW, Chavez harbors and supports the FARC guerillas of neighboring Colombia, one of the largest and most dangerous terrorist organizations in the world.

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  • Observation 2009/04/19 03:44:59
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    I can only hope making nice with the bullies of the world is in some way a grand scheme that I do not understand, but I fear empowering these dictators and despots will bite the USA and some very innocent people right in the butt. Had we only been nice to Hitler maybe things would be different. Catro, Akmadenagad and Chavez, either Obama is the cleverest man in the world or a fool. I believe they see Obama's apeasement as weakness. They will bite like the snakes and murderes they are.
  • Op4 Observa... 2009/04/19 04:57:42
    Op4
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    Actually, England and France WERE nice to Hitler in 1938. So nice in fact that they gave him part of Czechoslovakia without even allowing the Czechs to participate in the negotiations. Neville returned to England a heroic example of a truly enlightened, reasonable, clear thinking leader who brought peace to Europe by opening a dialogue with Hitler. Then about six months later, Hitler took the rest of Czechoslovakia and the biggest war in modern history began. That sure worked out well. Reminds me of a story about a certain scorpion and a frog...
  • Jet Jagger 2009/04/19 03:39:55
  • Todd Jet Jagger 2009/04/19 03:50:24
  • Jet Jagger Todd 2009/04/19 03:55:03
    Jet Jagger
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    Professional handshake between two world leaders.

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  • Kevman Jet Jagger 2009/04/19 04:22:07
  • Todd Jet Jagger 2009/04/19 03:52:00
  • Jet Jagger Todd 2009/04/19 03:56:29
    Jet Jagger
    Pre-conviction, pre-problem, pre-debacle. Should I post something with Obama/Rezko prior to his conviction, now?

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  • Todd Jet Jagger 2009/04/19 03:55:19 (edited)
    Todd
    +1

    This actually speaks highly of Republicans, but I threw this in for fun.
  • Jet Jagger Todd 2009/04/19 03:58:11
    Jet Jagger
    +1
    Damn, you're good.

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  • Todd 2009/04/19 03:39:36
    Todd
    +1
    Since Republicans are making a big deal over this. Here is One of there very own with Casto.
  • Jet Jagger Todd 2009/04/19 03:41:18
    Jet Jagger
    Looks like Nixon doesn't want to be there. Looks like Castro doesn't want him there. I think you missed the point entirely.

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  • Todd Jet Jagger 2009/04/19 03:44:46
    Todd
    +1

    Here's another One for you. Although Casto looks happy to have him there.
  • Jet Jagger Todd 2009/04/19 03:52:44 (edited)
    Jet Jagger
    Oh Lordy, you're another one of those guys who tries to sway opinions by showing half-truths to support your "nanny nanny boo boo" retorts. That's okay.....

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    Source: http://www.history.com/this-d...


    April 15, 1959
    Castro visits the United States

    Four months after leading a successful revolution in Cuba, Fidel Castro visits the United States. The visit was marked by tensions between Castro and the American government.

    On January 1, 1959, Castro's revolutionary forces overthrew the Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. From the beginning of the new regime in Cuba, U.S. officials worried about the bearded revolutionary. Castro's anti-American rhetoric, his stated plans to nationalize foreign properties in Cuba, and his association with a number of suspected leftists (including his second-in-command, Che Guevara) prompted American diplomats to keep a wary eye on him. Though he worried politicians, American reporters adored him--his tales of the days spent fighting a guerrilla war in Cuba, the fatigues and combat boots he favored, and his bushy beard cut a striking figure. In April 1959, Castro accepted an invitation from the American Society of Newspaper Editors to visit the U.S.

    The trip got off to an inauspicious start when it became clear that President Dwight D. Eisenhower had no intention...""'""



    Oh Lordy, you're another one of those guys who tries to sway opinions by showing half-truths to support your "nanny nanny boo boo" retorts. That's okay.....

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    Source: http://www.history.com/this-d...


    April 15, 1959
    Castro visits the United States

    Four months after leading a successful revolution in Cuba, Fidel Castro visits the United States. The visit was marked by tensions between Castro and the American government.

    On January 1, 1959, Castro's revolutionary forces overthrew the Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. From the beginning of the new regime in Cuba, U.S. officials worried about the bearded revolutionary. Castro's anti-American rhetoric, his stated plans to nationalize foreign properties in Cuba, and his association with a number of suspected leftists (including his second-in-command, Che Guevara) prompted American diplomats to keep a wary eye on him. Though he worried politicians, American reporters adored him--his tales of the days spent fighting a guerrilla war in Cuba, the fatigues and combat boots he favored, and his bushy beard cut a striking figure. In April 1959, Castro accepted an invitation from the American Society of Newspaper Editors to visit the U.S.

    The trip got off to an inauspicious start when it became clear that President Dwight D. Eisenhower had no intention of meeting with Castro. Instead, Eisenhower went to the golf course to avoid any chance meeting with Castro. Castro gave a talk to the Council on Foreign Affairs, a New York-based group of private citizens and former government officials interested in U.S. international relations. Castro was confrontational during the session, indicating that Cuba would not beg the United States for economic assistance. Angered by some of the questions from the audience, Castro abruptly left the meeting. Finally, before departing for Cuba, Castro met with Vice President Richard Nixon. Privately, Nixon hoped that his talk would push Castro "in the right direction," and away from any radical policies, but he came away from his discussion full of doubt about the possibility of reorienting Castro's thinking. Nixon concluded that Castro was "either incredibly naive about communism or under communist discipline-my guess is the former."

    Relations between the United States and Castro deteriorated rapidly following the April visit. In less than a year, President Eisenhower ordered the CIA to begin arming and training a group of Cuban exiles to attack Cuba (the disastrous attack, known as the Bay of Pigs invasion, was eventually carried out during the Kennedy administration). The heated Cold War animosity between America and Cuba would last for over 40 years.

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  • trustde... Jet Jagger 2009/04/19 03:57:34
    trustdestruction
    I'm not disagreeing, but if you want to state your point you should probably include a citation.
  • Jet Jagger trustde... 2009/04/19 03:59:29
    Jet Jagger
    HistoryChannel.com.

    Cited.

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  • Todd Jet Jagger 2009/04/19 04:21:35
    Todd
    +2

    "nanny nanny boo boo."
  • Jet Jagger Todd 2009/04/19 04:34:55
  • The Lorax Todd 2009/04/19 05:40:59
    The Lorax
    +1
    Dick just looked miserable, period.
  • AiA 2009/04/19 03:32:04
    AiA
    +2
    Nothing will change if nothing changes. Obama made the right move.

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