Tracking Hurricane Hugo

Venezuela's President Chavez idolizes Castro, rails at Bush and leads Latin America's leftist wave

When Hugo Chávez, the President of Venezuela, talks about the Bush Administration, he does so with invective that can be both bellicose and sophomoric. Since he became President in 1999, Chávez has publicly, in Spanish, called Bush an a______who is trying to assassinate him. He has referred to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as an "illiterate" who has a crush on him. Chávez often airs his attacks on Aló Presidente, a weekly, hours-long television call-in show from the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas. His fulminations are such a hit with Venezuelan supporters that Chávez has broadened his audience. During a recent...

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