Posts Tagged ‘Hugo Chavez’

Whatever you thought of him, and there is a lot of thinking about him going on just about now,  he was a democratically elected president for three terms.  Our Hillary respected that fact and knew how to relate to him.  So, President Chavez, you have met your maker (as we all will sooner or later), and we hope you have made your peace.

We hope Joe Kennedy’s wonderful heating initiative survives despite the loss of this leader.

Here are some pictures of Hillary with the deceased.  This one is from OAS in 2009.


These are from the inauguration of Dilma Rouseff, President of Brazil, January 1, 2011.

Hilllary Clinton, Hugo Chavez Hilllary Clinton, Hugo Chavez, Juam Manuel Santos, Sebastian Pinera U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks with presidents Santos, Chavez and Pinera in Brasilia U.S. Secretary of State Clinton talks with Venezuela's President Chavez during a reception for the newly inaugurated Brazilian President Rousseff in Brasilia U.S. Secretary of State Clinton gestures as Colombia's President Santos points to Clinton and Venezuela's President Chavez laughs during a reception in Brasilia

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Lots of Independence Days in the Americas occur around this time of the year. As we noted yesterday. this holiday weekend is celebrated through most of North America, since Canada Day was today and of course we have The Fourth on Monday. But others are celebrating independence this very weekend, and not all of them in the Americas. So here I am posting  Mme. Secretary’s lovely statements to some of our friends who are enjoying their own Independence Days this weekend.

N.B.  I have not meant to slight anyone or leave any countries out.  There are other messages from Secretary Clinton to additional countries that can be accessed here:  Secretary Clinton’s Remarks.

Rwanda, doing so well to get past ethnic strife and horror.

Rwanda National Day


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 1, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Rwanda as you celebrate 49 years of independence this July 4.

The United States applauds Rwanda for your dedication defending and protecting others. From your support for important resolutions at the United Nations Human Rights Council, to your strong encouragement for United Nations action in Libya, to your devotion to peacekeeping efforts throughout Africa, you are demonstrating your commitment to the security of the region. Rwandan peacekeepers have joined United Nations missions in Sudan, Haiti, Liberia, Chad, and the Central Africa Republic.

Rwanda and the United States share a strong history of friendship and cooperation, and we are committed to deepening this relationship in the years to come. As you gather with family and friends on this special day, know that the United States stands with you. We look forward to strengthening our ties as we work towards common goals in the region.

Cape Verde, where she managed, on her first official trip to Africa as SOS, to take a dip in the ocean (as related by Jonathan Van Meter in Vogue).

Cape Verde National Day


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 1, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Cape Verde on your 36th anniversary of independence this July 5.

Our two countries share a commitment to democracy, good governance, and economic development. Together, we are improving maritime security in the Atlantic, strengthening the rule of law and encouraging investment in Cape Verde. Your achievements in democracy and economic development serve as a model to other nations in West Africa.

As you celebrate your National Day with family and friends, know that the United States is a partner and friend. We are committed to this relationship for a brighter future for all Cape Verdeans.

Venezuela’s Independence Day


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 1, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Venezuela as you celebrate 200 years of independence this July 5.

Our two countries share a close history of cooperation and respect. The idea of individual liberty and equality fueled the imaginations of our founders and led us to independence. For years we have honored each other’s revolutionary figures and the powerful, lasting legacy they created. All across the United States – in towns, villages, counties, streets, and schools – you will find the name “Bolívar.” And in Caracas, the statue in Washington Plaza memorializes the father of American independence.

This bicentennial is an opportunity to reflect on all that you have accomplished as a nation, and on the natural friendship that exists between our peoples. This friendship will continue to flourish as we work toward our shared goals and our commitment to a better future.

I wish all Venezuelan citizens everywhere good health and happiness on this special day and in the year to come.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) talks with Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez during a reception for the newly inaugurated Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at Planalto Palace in Brasilia January 1, 2011. REUTERS/Handout (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

There is no love lost between our lovely Secretary of State and the President of Venezuela, but despite his blind eye to vicious, dastardly graffiti about our lovely Hillary on walls in his country, she is gracious and wishes him well.

Clinton Code Translator:

I wish all Venezuelan citizens everywhere good health…

Sorry to hear of your diagnosis of cancer, President Chavez. Wish you well. When you are better, we will resume our debates.

Do you wonder why I love this woman?

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Finally some pictures are trickling in of the SOS at this event.  Rousseff is Brazil’s first woman president.  Of course, for the photographers, the interesting  pictures involved Mme. Secretary with Hugo Chavez.  The last time she encountered him she looked like she was arresting him.  Remember this?

In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, speak during the 5th Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Saturday April 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office, Marcelo Garcia)

Here are a few from today.  As always, Mme. Secretary looks very pretty!

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There is a line.  This crosses it.   Not only is the actual global atmosphere laden with toxic dust, the political atmosphere,  domestic and international,  has the quality of mercury mixed with lead.   Under such conditions, this is dangerous stuff.

President Clinton, over the past few days, has been speaking about the responsibility prominent people have to keep their messages argumentative rather than demonizing the opposition.  (Reminder: You can hear him on this and other topics tomorrow on “This Week” with Jake Tapper.)

Everyone here knows how much I love pictures of our very photogenic and lovely Secretary of State.  This is one picture I not only do not want to see.   I do not even want to imagine it!

Published Date: 18 April 2010
By Simon Romero

CANVASSING for support has acquired a more literal meaning in the crucible of Venezuelan politics.

While western politicians debate the pros and cons of billboard advertising against online tweeting president Hugo Chavez has taken his popularity campaign to the streets and licensed some graffiti artists.

Of all the murals and graffiti that adorn this anarchic capital’s rubbish-strewn centre, one creation by the street artist Carlos Zerpa fills the artist with special pride: a stencilled reinterpretation of Caravaggio’s David with the Head of Goliath, in which a warrior grasps the severed head of US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Zerpa, 26, shrugged at the possibility that American visitors to Caracas — or Clinton herself for that matter — might find the mural offensive. “It’s a metaphor for an empire that is being defeated,” he said nonchalantly in an interview. “My critics can take it or leave it, but I remain loyal to my ideas.”

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Uh, YEAH!  As an American and a Hillary Clinton loyalist,  I do find it offensive even if it is a metaphor since I know that the “delirious” and “unhinged” to which her husband referred do not necessarily understand metaphors.

Ironically(?), this comes on the heels of this very sincere comment by Secretary Clinton.

“And I want to thank Venezuela, who is represented here, for the support that you have given to Haiti in supplying energy to the people of Haiti.”

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Seems to me that she extended a hand – personally – if not in the name of the administration.  There is a new Broadway play entitled “A Behanding in  Spokane.”   Well, if Caracas, or Chavez want to “behand” her extended hand that would be one mural.  But to behead her?   It is beyond overreaction and metaphor.  It crosses the line.  Nobody here is painting government approved murals of Chavez being harmed.  There is a line.  It is a line of decency.  You permit this public display about a person you have encountered?   It is wrong!

And before I get any remarks about how she is a strong leader who knows the risks and puts herself out there voluntarily, is well-protected, and yadda-yadda-yadda, she is also our flesh, blood, and bone Secretary of State serving selflessly.  Nothing about this reflects positively on Chavez.  Nothing Hillary has said or done merits this.

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