Posts Tagged ‘Larry Palmer’

Today’s podcast: Hillary and Hugo, BFFs

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern will be on that warm, 5-minute long handshake between Hillary Clinton and Hugo Chavez at the Dilma Rousseff inauguration in Brazil.

You can listen live, or to the archived podcast at your convenience, here.

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean will be up later today.


Hillary to Hugo: “Use me! Abuse me!”

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Following a short-lived, albeit modest, display of gonadal fortitude, the Obama administration is back to appeasing Hugo Chavez.

Appeasement never works, but the Obama administration keeps trying, and a picture says a thousand words.

First there was that time in Trinidad where Obama, like Ezio Pinza sang in South Pacific, some enchanted evening ran across a crowded room to shake hands with Hugo. Remember?


Hugo seized the opportunity and gifted Obama a book, Las venas abiertas de América Latina (Latin America’s Open Veins) by Uruguayan Marxist writer Eduardo Galeano. Obama got up and shook hands again, and again.

The Obama administration back then “reset” US-Venezuela relations by reinstating the ambassadors: in 2008 Venezuela had expelled Ambassador Patrick Duffy, and Bernardo Alvarez Herrera was consequently expelled from the US.

This time Chavez said that Larry Palmer, the Obama administration’s Ambassador to Venezuela, would not be allowed to take his post, so the US revoked Alvarez Herrera’s visa. Obama supporters who hurl accusations of racism towards anyone who does not agree with Obama’s decisions remain curiously silent.

File picture of Larry Palmer

In the meantime, Venezuelans are bearing the latest currency devaluation.

So in the middle of all this, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went to the inauguration of former terrorist Dilma Rousseff as President of Brazil, and of course Hugo managed to take advantage of the opportunity for another photo-op.

Who would have thunk it?

Chavez, Clinton chat at Brazil inauguration

“They talked and smiled, at least for five minutes. It looked like a social conversation, both were smiling,” a Brazilian official who witnessed the encounter told AFP on condition of anonymity.

At one point, Chavez extended his hand to Clinton, who shook it, smiling. They chatted for a few minutes before moving on to formally greeting Rousseff.

Five minutes, to be exact.

Here are the photos,

Give me five!

Love is in the air

And video,

Hugo even got bragging rights,

“We greeted each other. (Clinton), I think, was entering the room. She had a very spontaneous smile and I greeted her with the same effusiveness. … It was a pleasant moment. We spoke about two or three specific things,” Chavez told VTV.

Whatever the topic was, Hillary had a grand ole time,

That was a humdinger!

It even looked like it went so well Hugo had Hillary begging for more,

Let us pray

In short, yet another instance where we, the American people, can rest assured we’re in the best of hands.

Sing it, Hillary


Is Hugo Chavez racist?

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Obama Nominates Larry Palmer as U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela – a very good choice, with an experienced diplomat for an important post.

So, is Chávez welcoming Palmer? Heck, nooo…

Our Man in Caracas
Good news: Chávez doesn’t like him

The Senate is expected to confirm Mr. Palmer for Caracas after its summer recess, but some of his confirmation answers have riled the Venezuelan caudillo. Answering a dozen pointed questions from Richard Lugar of Indiana on human rights and the like, Mr. Palmer went way out on a limb and said U.S. policy should work to “bolster regional cooperation to support democracy and human rights.”

He also suggested that José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States, should use his office to do the same. He said time and events would determine whether “OAS member states decide to honor their commitments under the Charter and stand up in defense of democracy in Venezuela, or wherever it is threatened.” This kind of thing infuriates Mr. Chávez, who has been trying to dominate the OAS and has rolled over Mr. Insulza like fresh asphalt.

Regarding the Venezuelan military, Mr. Palmer referred to its “clear ties” with guerrillas fighting the Colombian government, a decline in its professionalism due to politicization, and concern that “Cuba’s influence within the Venezuelan military will grow.”

That was all too much for Señor Chávez. “How do you think, Obama, that I am going to accept that gentleman as ambassador? It’s impossible,” he said on his TV program. “He ruled himself out, breaking all the rules of diplomacy, having a go at us, even the armed forces. Probably you will withdraw him, Obama. Don’t insist, I’m asking you.”

Here is Hugo saying it (video in Spanish)

Hugo says [my translation; if you use this translation please link to the posst and credit me. thank you],

It’s impossible for [Palmer] to be accepted by a worthy country, regardless of its being a revolutionary government or not. It’s unacceptable in diplomacy, in the customs, in international law, for a person, even being ambassador, to declare themselves on the internal situation of the country where he will work, in the way Mr. Palmer has… because the receiving country has to protect itself and its relations with the other country.”

Considering how fond Liberals are of pulling the bigotry card any time anyone doesn’t agree with Obama’s policies and/or appointees, does this make Hugo racist?

Or is it Oikophobia? (h/t Larwyn)


More Latin American news and blog posts in today’s Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean roundup later today.