Chavez both beloved, reviled

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was regarded widely by scholars as one the most polarizing political figures the Western Hemisphere has seen in a generation.

**FILE** President Obama (left) shakes hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez before the opening session of the 5th Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on April 17, 2009. (Associated Press/Mariamma Kambon, Summit of the Americas)

**FILE** President Obama (left) shakes hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez before the opening session of the 5th Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on April 17, 2009. (Associated Press/Mariamma Kambon, Summit of the Americas)

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