“The devil came here yesterday… and it still smells like sulfur”
It sounds almost too theatrical to be true, but those words were really said in the United Nations by Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela.
The now-famous speech and impassioned rhetoric on the “imperialistic” Bush rule gained the Venezuelan President an ovation as well as giggles from the international delagation.
It was reminiscent of his mentor, Fidel Castro‘s speech to the General Assembly in 1960. Aside from his firey declarations of the Bush administration’s militarism, he accused them of abetting “international terrorism” referring to so-called evanlgelical Reverend Pat Robertson’s call for his assasination.
“The only place where a person can ask for another head of state to be assassinated is the United States, which is what happened recently with the Reverend Pat Robertson, a very close friend of the White House. He publicly asked for my assassination and he’s still walking the streets.” said Chavez.
Later, he made more speeches in Harlem, which equally stirred up crowds to rousing applause.
“Every day I ask God, and the sooner the better, for the American people to elect a president who you can talk with, who you can work with, who you can talk with face-to-face as a brother and see each other as equals….Not this gentleman who walks like John Wayne,” Chavez said, puffing out his chest and swinging his elbows back and forth.