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Posted by on Mar 6, 2010 in International, Media, Places, Politics | 9 comments

President Chavez Criticizes Hillary Clinton as a ‘Blond Condoleezza’: Government of Venezuela

No one can say that Hugo Chavez doesn’t have the knack for a memorable turn of phrase. Since the creation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, Latin America’s newest alliance which excludes the United States, the tension seems to have heated up between the U.S. and Venezuela. In this latest rhetorical salvo, the Venezuelan leader has gone after Secretary of State Clinton, who has been on a Latin American tour, likening her to one of his less than favorite people, George W. Bush’s secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice.

The Web site of the government of Venezuela quotes President Chavez in part:

“I spoke with [Brazil Foreign Minister] Celso Amorim and he told me of a very funny remark he made to the secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton, who, like Condoleezza Rice, only this time a blonde one, came to Brasilia to attack Venezuela,” the president said.

“Mrs. Clinton comes, and shows right in front of Celsus – who is a great friend – disrespect to Brazil, disrespect to South America, disrespect; she comes to intrigue and to sow discord, saying that Venezuela is continuing to erode democracy and that whole story; that Venezuela should look south and follow the example of Brazil or Chile. … Then Celsus, after standing near this lady who was saying all of this, made a comment and put her on the spot: he said he didn’t agree with everything the secretary was saying, except for the part about Venezuela now looking south. And with very fine humor, he said because yes, we are now to the South,” related the president.

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