Took him a week and a half after returning from Cuba, but he got himself on TV again,
Chavez led a televised Cabinet meeting, seated at a table with aides. He spoke for more than two hours and expressed optimism about his re-election bid in the Oct. 7 presidential election.
Chavez said he plans to formally sign up as a candidate as required early next month, and he suggested his opponent, state governor Henrique Capriles, isn’t at his level.
“The defeat we’re going to give him is without precedent,” Chavez said, likening it to a lopsided boxing match.
Hugo’s not up to date on his sports trivia, since Muhammad Ali changed his name nearly fifty years ago, but who’s counting?
“It’s as if Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) were to go out to box with Navarro or with me,” Chavez said, referring to Hector Navarro, his government’s electricity minister.
He also took the opportunity to ramble against the Yankee empire (maybe he’s a Brooklyn Dodgers guy?), the madness of the opposition, Venezuelan baseball players, and on and on. Here’s a clip in Spanish, not worth wasting my valuable time translating,
From the video, however, one can observe that he’s lost a lot of weight, but is still bloated. Additionally, even when he talked for two hours, the cameras only rolled after he was seated, instead of taking the opportunity to show him arriving on foot.
As Bocaranda says, there’s a “Please Do Not Disturb” sign on any information concerning Chavez’s health.