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Jascha



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Obama meets Chavez  Reply with quote  

I liked this picture today, figured I'd post it. It's interesting.



// Perhaps let the heated chavez debate commence.
Post Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:08 pm
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sick_transit



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Very interesting photo. Fuck Hugo Chavez.
Post Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:17 pm
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remind



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Obama's grey as fuck already. Maybe it's the lighting...
Post Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:43 pm
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dandruff
Post Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:46 pm
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Who is mustaches mcgee there in the background? He seems well and truly pleased with himself.
Post Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:13 pm
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This has gave so much fuel to the hannity fire.
Post Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:54 am
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futuristxen wrote:
Who is mustaches mcgee there in the background? He seems well and truly pleased with himself.


haha
Post Sat Apr 18, 2009 2:26 am
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http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2009/04/17/2009-04-17_president_obama_meets_hugo_chavez_and_opens_door_to_change_in_cuba_policy.html




YES.
Post Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:05 pm
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Hugo looks happy to meet a president that doesn't smell like sulfur.
Post Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:26 pm
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T-Wrex wrote:
Hugo looks happy to meet a president that doesn't smell like sulfur.
Nah, ole chavey said in the past Obama shares the same stench as Bush.
Post Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:42 pm
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090418/pl_nm/us_summit_americas

Obama wins praise at summit but feels heat on Cuba
By David Alexander and Ana Isabel Martinez David Alexander And Ana Isabel Martinez 2 hrs 38 mins ago

PORT OF SPAIN (Reuters) U.S. President Barack Obama won praise on Saturday for reaching out to the Americas at a regional summit but Latin American and Caribbean leaders pressured him to end the long-standing U.S. embargo on Cuba.

Obama, attending his first Summit of the Americas, has promised an era of better cooperation with the hemisphere and offered a new start to communist-ruled Cuba. He won early approval from left-wing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Brazil joined Venezuela and Caribbean nations applauding Obama but the warm atmosphere was tempered by repeated calls that Washington do more to end an ideological conflict with Cuba that has marked the hemisphere for half a century.

"He should advance rapidly toward what he's called a new relationship with Cuba, based on respect, without conditions, I think there's a good possibility of that happening," Chavez told reporters at the summit in Trinidad and Tobago.

Obama told regional leaders on Friday his administration wanted a new beginning with Cuba and was open to discuss with Havana issues ranging from human rights to the economy.

But he wants political reforms from Havana in return, a condition that has blocked rapprochement in the past.

At a closed-door meeting with South American leaders Obama urged the hemisphere to focus on democracy in Cuba.

"The president responded that he understands the importance of Cuba for Latin America," a senior U.S. official told reporters. "He said everything we do in relation with Cuba is informed by a real concern for democracy."

The summit, the first Summit of the Americas to be held in the English-speaking Caribbean, is looking at ways to counter the global economic crisis, develop energy resources and tackle the dangers of climate change and arms- and drugs-trafficking.

The first plenary session of the summit focused on the impact of the global crisis that has halted growth and threatened to sends million back into poverty in the most underdeveloped states of the region.

"We have to put people first," Chilean President Michelle Bachelet told the other leaders,

But the meeting has been dominated by debate over U.S.-Cuban ties after both Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro indicated they were ready to talk to try to end the long-standing hostility between their two countries.

Obama's talks with 33 other leaders of the Americas, including Canada, came after earlier this week he eased parts of the U.S. embargo against Cuba, which was not invited to the Americas Summit.

"I hope this is the last summit of heads of state without Cuba," Bolivian President Evo Morales said, echoing calls from Brazil and Venezuela. "Obama has the obligation to repair the political and economic damage done to Cuba."

HANDSHAKES, SMILES AND GIFTS

The warm reception for Obama from countries from Brazil to Venezuela contrasted with the last Americas Summit four years ago in Argentina, where leftists like Chavez attacked the "imperialist" policies of former President George W. Bush.

"I think we're making progress at the summit," Obama told reporters after his meeting with South American presidents.

At the official summit photograph, Obama was seen chatting and smiling with Chavez and Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, a leftist former finance minister, who has in the past pilloried U.S.-backed free market policies.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's government called for senior U.S. officials to visit countries in the region that have had rocky relations with Washington.

Chavez, a standard-bearer for anti-U.S. sentiment in Latin America, shook hands with Obama late on Friday in a signal of improved relations between his OPEC nation and its largest oil client, the United States.

Chavez expelled the U.S. envoy to Caracas last year in a dispute over ally Bolivia but he said he had "no doubt" ties with Washington would improve with Obama in the White House.

"We've begun talking with Obama and I think we've got off to a good start," he told reporters.

Addressing Obama directly during the plenary session, he told him, in English: "I want to be your friend".

As Saturday's meeting started, Chavez presented the U.S. president with a book, "The Open Veins of Latin America," by left-wing Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano. Obama accepted the gift with a smile.

"I thought it was one of Chavez's books," the U.S. leader joked later. "I was going to give him one of mine."

(Additional reporting by Pascal Fletcher, Guido Nejamkis and Linda Hutchinson-Jafar in Port of Spain; Writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Pascal Fletcher and Bill Trott)
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T-Wrex wrote:
Hugo looks happy to meet a president that doesn't smell like sulfur.


He's excited about his new ipod preloaded with showtunes.


"Come and knock on my door...we've been waiting for you...."
Post Sat Apr 18, 2009 3:37 pm
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Alan Hague wrote:
As Saturday's meeting started, Chavez presented the U.S. president with a book, "The Open Veins of Latin America," by left-wing Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano. Obama accepted the gift with a smile.






wonderful book by a wonderful writer. although
it may be too leftist for a centrist obama
Post Sat Apr 18, 2009 4:09 pm
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futuristxen wrote:
He seems well and truly pleased with himself.


this may be my favorite thing you've ever said on here.

Im going to steal that line "you seem pleased with yourself"
or "you should be really pleased with yourself"

I will use it when friends start telling me how they won their fantasy baseball week this week like I give a shit.
Post Sat Apr 18, 2009 5:41 pm
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