Obama defends Chavez's warmth

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President Obama is defending his warm relations with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the recent Americas summit, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

Obama said the 2008 presidential campaign proved that American voters want the president to engage with his counterparts, whether or not they are avowed friends of the U.S., the Times is reporting.

First Chavez criticized Obama, then Fidel Castro told him to lighten up and Chavez hailed Obama.

Then he chastised him again, then later said good things about Obama.

Then Chavez said he was preparing “verbal artillery” for Obama during the summit, but he greeted him with a handshake, a back slap and a book.

Is it me or has Hugo Chavez become Barack Obama’s crazy ex-girlfriend?

It’s international relations like these that show you the “dip” in “diplomacy.”

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Carleton Bryant

Carleton Bryant

Carleton Bryant is the assistant managing editor for strategic planning and development/special projects for The Washington Times. He previously served as The Times' Metropolitan desk editor, Features desk editor and an assistant National desk editor, as well as a National and Metropolitan reporter. He currently writes a humor blog and weekly humor column — both titled "Out of Context" — ...

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