Great News: Obama gets chummy with Chavez

The long awaited meeting between The One and The Other One from Venezuela has finally occurred. Obama was able to shake hands in what appeared to be a pat to the back kind of greeting of old friends with big smiles.

Fox News reports:

President Obama shook hands with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez on Friday at the opening of the Summit of the Americas being held this weekend in Trinidad and Tobago.

Photos released by the Venezuelan government show Obama clasping Chavez’s hand and smiling broadly, and Venezuela quoted Chavez as saying, “I’d like to be your friend,” while noting that he shook President Bush’s eight years ago.

Obama reportedly expressed thanks, though this couldn’t immediately be confirmed with the Obama administration.

Earlier Friday, Dan Restrepo, the president’s top Western Hemisphere adviser on the National Security Council, had told FOX News Obama might cross paths with Chavez.

“A chance encounter if it occurs,” Restrepo said, in describing such a meeting. “Let’s put the animosities behind us. Let’s not have old arguments.

“Let’s not have tired ideological arguments. Let’s get down to figuring out how we can advance things that are in our national interest. Things that matter to the United States that should matter to Venezuela. Putting the arguments and ideologies of the past aside and working on pragmatic solutions to real problems that face our countries today,” he said.

Chavez, the Venezuelan president, has been an outspoken critic of the United States, and in particular former President George W. Bush. Since Obama’s election, Chavez has varied from insult to optimism in his assessment of the new U.S. president.

Flashback to Hugo Chavez’s greatest hits in 2006:

Oh happy day indeed! Perhaps The One can bring make Chavez his South American relations Czar.

In store for the next 4 years will be President Obama shaking hands with Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and North Korea’s Kim Jong-il, you can rest assured.

  • Bill Hedges

    “Did I do that”….. Yes, Steve Erk ho, from old tv show, is O bum boob

    I am waiting for him to come out of machine as “suave” and “cool” President

    Hey, if I can be called a “racist” because I believe high taxes is going to destroy America. Earth scattering debt will bring us down to Hatii economic level. And I no not what tea party was all about. Then “excuseeee MEEE” my humor (Stever Martin impression)

  • D.D.Mao

    I’m surprised he didn’t bow !

  • Clearly Chavez doesn’t demand the respect that the Saudis do.

  • D.D.Mao

    Nate…….Chevez has the Kennedy family kissing his butt and thats all the prestige he needs from the AMERICAN LIBERAL LEFT!

    President Obama meets with the Castro brothers and Chevez! It makes this anti-abortion,anti-illegal immergration,second admendment loving,ex-military conservative christian GLAD HE’S ON THE PRESIDENTS ENERMIES LIST.

  • Bill Hedges

    You Conservatives don’t understand the GRAND PLAN.

    We can not drill for oil in America, oil pollutes our EARTH. We must develop alternative energy and cars that run on them.

    Remember how all but the very rich will pay lower income tax. Forget that carbon tax and other taxes will greatly increase the hidden taxes the non-rich will pay. Ignore that please. It might make us see our President deceives.

    Never mind the alternative cars cost a lot more and will take decades to replace our oil burners. We must begin now and not develop our own oil in the mean time. Imported oil is the answer.

    But not just any oil. We must stop Canada, our biggest supplier of imported oil.

    “It is just one of several events organized this week by environmentalists in Canada and the United States, as well as native groups, to encourage the new administration to put pressure on Canada over pollution from Alberta’s huge oil-extraction projects.”

    “The tar sands — or oil sands, as the industry prefers to call them — have made Canada the United States’ largest supplier of imported crude oil. But they also generate more greenhouse gases than conventional oil sources as well as large, toxic tailings ponds. For many environmentalists, the oil sands are the epitome of dirty oil.”

    With this understanding, we must be friends with Chevez and the Castro brothers. For they have or will have oil for us to buy. We don’t want to keep oil money and jobs in America to enhance our economy. NO. We must spread the wealth to our three new Dictator friends instead.

    Obama’s GRAND PLAN.

    Besides, burning foreign oil does not pollute.

    So, now you see how irresponsible and irratioal your attitudes are. Are you planning on blowing up something ?

    Gee, role playing, LIBERAL, is fun.

    “HAVANA, April 16 (Reuters) – Cuba’s minister of basic industry said plans by a consortium of companies to drill in Cuba’s Gulf of Mexico waters this year have been rescheduled for 2009, the country’s state-run media said on Wednesday.”

    “Garcia said last year that drilling by a consortium led by Repsol-YPF (REP.MC) of Spain would begin in 2008, if a rig could be rented”

    “The U.S. Geological Survey estimated the North Cuba basin could contain 4.6 billion barrels of oil, with a high-end potential of 9.3 billion barrels, and close to 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.”

    “Garcia said U.S. companies were interested in exploration, but were barred under trade sanctions enforced in 1962 against the island’s Communist government”

    “In addition to Repsol-YPF, ONGC and Nordsk Hydro, Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, Vietnam state oil and gas group Petrovietnam, Malaysia’s state-run Petronas [PETR.UL] and Canada’s Sherritt International (S.TO) have taken blocks in the area. Brazil’s Petrobras (PETR4.SA) said in January it was considering taking out blocks in Cuban deep water.”

    WASHINGTON — “Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has rejected a Bush administration plan to open vast waters off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts to oil and gas drilling, promising “a new way forward” in offshore energy development including new wind projects.”

    “But it remains up to the Interior Department to issue specific plans for drilling leases. And Salazar indicated Tuesday he is in no rush to open vast expanses of long-protected waters, promising “to create our own timetable.”

    “But Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, which represents the large oil companies, said Salazar’s announcement “means that development of our offshore resources could be stalled indefinitely.”

    Yes, Don’t drill for our own oil. Stop largest oil supplier Canada and be nice to the 3 Dictators. Our new friends. They soon will have us by our oil balls.

  • Bill Hedges

    “Everyone wants to start the New Year’s with a healthier attitude. A good friendship can boost your physical health and mental health, but a bad friendship can cause all sorts of emotional problems, resulting in anxiousness, depression and headaches.”

    Marla Paul

    “The oil can is mightier than the sword.”

    Everett Dirksen

  • Bill Hedges

    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – “A Western Hemisphere summit was wrapping up on Sunday with President Barack Obama hopeful he’d boosted the image of the U.S. among its friends in the region and perhaps even made some new ones.”

    “I think President Obama is an intelligent man, compared to the previous U.S. president,” Chavez told reporters.”
    Mar 23, 2009
    “The tin horn dictator called Barack Obama an ignoramus because Barry had the nerve to say Hugo exported terrorism.”

    “Hugo Chavez on Friday warmly greeted President Barack Obama only days after accusing him of “throwing stones” at Venezuela and suggesting he was much like ex-President George W. Bush.”

    “Chavez recently said his self-styled socialist revolution would remain in conflict with Washington “whether the chief of the empire is black or white.” He also criticized Obama for repeating Bush administration accusations that he was spreading terrorism and said he carried “the stench” of his predecessor”

    “We cannot say that everything that comes from the United States is bad per se, because we would be acting irrationally,” Chavez said on Friday”

    Obama accused Chevez of exporting terrorism and meets him. Obama sure is not Bush. But then, I knew that already.

    “The essence of true friendship is to make allowances for another’s little lapses.”
    David Storey

  • Bill Hedges

    I’m just guessing, but I think I know who will be our next friend…

    “President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said an American journalist sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of spying for the U.S. should be allowed to offer a full defense during her appeal, the state news agency reported Sunday.”

    “The statement came a day after Iran announced the conviction and sentence for Roxana Saberi, a 31-year-old dual American-Iranian citizen. It was the first time Iran has found an American journalist guilty of espionage and her lawyer said he will appeal”

    I think I have figured out Obama’s diplomatic style…