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The Real Hugo Chavez

Feb 18, 2008

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Sarah Handel

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Hugo Chavez is the president of Venezuela... and a major quote-machine. He's controversial and fascinating, and I always cherish the opportunity to pull tape on him. Last week, we were working on the promo for this show, and wanted to pull the famous quote from his speech at the UN in 2006 where he referenced President Bush, who had been there the day before — "The devil came here yesterday,and it smells of sulfur still today." Zing! Unfortunately, we didn't have his actual voice, just the female translator's, so it didn't work for us. I thought maybe we'd use it at the top of the show today, thinking surely that's the best tape... I should've had more faith. Just last week, he lobbed this gem at Exxon-Mobil, which is threatening to freeze his country's assets as part of a lawsuit, "If you end up freezing and it harms us, we are going to harm you. Do you know how? We aren't going to send oil to the United States. Take note, Mr. Bush, Mr. Danger." Mr. Danger?! Now that's good tape. So who's the man behind the fiery rhetoric? That's what we hope to reveal today. Leave your questions about the man below.

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