Presidents Obama and Chavez shake hands in Trinidad: Was
Obama kissing up to Chavez, or did he get the best of him?
like a harp? Debate rages here and in Venezuela.
El Universal, Venezuela
Obama is No 'Black in Chavez' Pocket'
"Obama dismantled the Chavez
racket in regard to imperialism and it wasn't, as they say in Caracas and
Washington, that Obama was coddling Chavez. On the contrary, Chavez was won
over when confronted by an irrefutable argument, and there was nothing left to
do but support it. If he thinks
Obama is a Black in his pocket, Chavez is deluding himself."
By Roberto Giusti
Translated By Liz Essary
April 20, 2009
Venezuela - El Universal - Original Article
If the copy of Open Veins of
Latin America that Chávez gave Obama had been an English translation, perhaps
the gesture would have made some sort of sense. But even then it would have
been impossible to conceal Chavez' failure to grasp, not to say ignorance,
toward a man who represents the first non-WASP [White Anglo-Saxon Christian] president
of the United States. The gift was vain and pretentious for many reasons. First,
because Obama is a mulatto, which resulted in his having had to suffer racial
discrimination first-hand and grow up in the mid-point between two worlds divided
by prejudice. Next, because of his African blood and his childhood in Indonesia
where he studied at a Catholic as well as a Muslim school, where he got to know
misery close up. But also because of his job as a social worker, his privileged
upbringing and his keen intelligence.
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If anyone recognizes the flaws
of imperialism and has come to power because he's convinced that today's world
is not - as Bush imagined it - that of Harry Truman, it is Barack Obama. But
even more distressing was Chávez’ assertion that his electoral triumph was a
result of changes in Latin America, and that therefore, Obama should be
grateful to Evo Morales and to himself. To top it all off, President Chavez'
invitation to coexist within differing positions comes when domestically, he
deals mercilessly with anyone who opposes him.
Only Obama’s immutable
disposition allowed him to mask the disdain that such antics surely resulted in,
conscious as he is of the long and painful struggle for civil rights and social
justice of minorities in his country. Obama is president precisely because he
proposes a paradigm shift in the economy, not only to prioritize the needs of
the majority, but rather with a sense of ethics and productivity that had been
lost in recent years. Also, and this was evident at the summit, his is a
statesman stripped of hegemonic pretensions who looks at foreign relations from
a multilateral and cooperative perspective - a viewpoint that should open a new
chapter in U.S. relations with Latin America.
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With this attitude, surprising
to those unfamiliar with his thinking, Obama dismantled the Chavez racket in
regard to imperialism and it wasn't, as they say in Caracas and Washington, that
Obama was coddling Chavez. On the contrary, Chavez was won over when confronted
by an irrefutable argument, and there was nothing left but support it.
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Now, don’t think that we're
dealing with a kind of "socialism light" that will tolerate the
existence of dictators in its own neighborhood. Obama is not Bush, but he’s
also not Carter. And because of this, he has said that threats to democracy in
the world come from “weak or failed states, where rather than the rule of law, abuse
of authority, corruption and endemic violence reign.” [this is a translated
So if he thinks
Obama is a Black in his pocket, Chavez is deluding himself.
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