I was shocked to hear both Nancy Pelosi and Charlie Rangel defend the President against Hugo Chavez. Why is it that the Dems were way more outspoken about this than the GOP? Is it just a part of the pre-election "we're tough on international issues" stance?
Charlie Rangel's reaction
"Nancy Pelosi called Chavez an "everyday thug."
"Huge Chavez abused the privilege that he had, speaking at the United Nations," Pelosi said in a Reuters report. "He demeaned himself and he demeaned Venezuela." (source)
Al Sharpton (on O'Reilly) said Chavez was wrong, but then proceeded to list 4,000 qualifiers such as:
Bush has said some "wicked things"
It was demonic to stay silent for 4 days after Katrina
He has called other countries the "axis of evil"
Of course Rosie O'Donnell and Joy Behar blamed the President for the remarks (that would be our President...not Venezuela’s.
Behar: "Well, don't you think Bush threw in the gauntlet when he called people the axis of evil?...What else did they–they called–there was another name, I can’t think of it, that they–"
O’Donnell: "Well, he, he would, he–President Bush is very fond of calling people who have different opinions than he evildoers." (source)
Former President Bill Clinton said Chavez "shouldn't have said that" and that statements such as those only "make him look small". He must have been in a magnanimous mood (on "On the Record" last night) as he also went on to say that he has enormous respect for all the Bush's and really likes them all.
Anyway, my question regarding VISAS to the UN remains unanswered. Can we grant a VISA to megalomaniac despots that only allows them on UN ground and NO WHERE else in the country? And if not, shouldn't that be instituted as the world's leaders become increasingly insane?
(H/T: ~Jen~ for the YouTube link!)