At least it’s not a state visit to Venezuela (link via Kate):
Obama and Chavez to meet in Trinidad in April
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad: United States President, Barack Obama will have a face-to-face meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez in April in Port of Spain, when the two leaders will be among three dozen heads of government and state at the three day Summit of the Americas.
They’ll be discussing energy issues:
Top of the agenda of the Summit will be burning energy issues in which both the United States and Venezuela have a keen interest.
The Trinidad Express reported that Noguera told newsmen that Secretariat Chairman, Ambassador Carlos Luis Alberto Rodriguez indicated that Venezuela and the USA were at loggerheads on energy issues to be highlighted in the Declaration of Port of Spain. The declaration — outlining policy goals in coming years for the 34 countries in the Americas in the fields of energy, education, environment and health — will be signed by the leaders during the April 17-19 summit.
Asked to identify the contentious energy issues between the two countries, Noguera noted, “Any energy related issues that exist or emerge between the United States and Venezuela will be discussed during the Summit by both leaders who are expected to be present.”
I was just on the phone talking about this with a friend, who is absolutely disgusted, not only because of the current wave of anti-Semitism but also because of the way the Chavez government is repressing student demonstrations.
Ed Morrissey adds,
Now we stand at the event, and we have to wonder what “preparations” have taken place for this summit meeting. Has Chavez stopped funding FARC terrorists? Has Obama even demanded that publicly in these first two weeks in office? If he has, it’s escaped the attention of the press, and certainly Chavez hasn’t repudiated FARC since the discovery of his funding in the Colombian raid last fall.
Any individual meeting of Obama with Chavez will give the aura of legitimizing Chavez and his policies.
I contacted the White House to verify that story, but I also want to know if Pres. Obama’s meeting with Pres. Uribe to explain why the Dems aren’t approving the Free Trade Agreement. I’m waiting for the White House to reply to my inquiry.
Something tells me it’ll be a long wait.
Lord, the Obamamessiah is going to meet the “Socialist of the XXIst century” Leader. My goodness, what a foolish (and absolutely doomed) world we are living in!!
He has already legitimized Chaves.
Expect Chavez T shirts out this summer. like CHE.
Obama not interested in energy independence. HE IS A GLOBALIST not an American first.
We told you so, na a na na na na aa
Now what ?
A coup ? Thats all that will be needed to complete the picture of the new THIRD WORLD USSA in four years.
Fidelito will eat the messiah’s lunch without him even knowing his rucksack has been violated.
Chavez, like any wily tinpot dictator, only dialogues when he sees a clear gain.
For an example of what this idiot’s unprepared visits can do, check out
Also, American Thinker says Rice wants us in the International Criminal Court. I guess they want them to charge Bush for war crimes so they can maintain their bipartsan facade.
To paraphrase Bogey: There will always be condoms.
I think I lost a comment, so I’ll try again.
For an example of what this idiot’s unprepared visits can do see the second entry here:
Also, American Thinker says that Rice tel the UN that we are open to joining the International Criminal Court. I guess that would enable him to plead bipartisan and not guilty when Bush is hounded for war crimes.
To paraphrase Bogey: We’ll always have condoms.
Folks- take this article from Port of Spain with a grain of salt……..our journalists and some politicos thrive on sensationalism and “writing between the lines.” Thirty some-odd leaders are meeting “face to face” and energy will be discussed. that’s it. Besides, the secretariat is the ulimate diplomat and would never say such a thing. I know, he’s a friend of mine.
I agree, Robert, that’s why I called for confirmation. So far, I’ve had no answer from the White House.