Obama has run on restoring America’s international status and talking with our enemies unconditionally. So of course, there’s this gem.
Anti-U.S. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez predicted on Sunday the “black man” will win the U.S. presidential race and offered to hold talks with him to improve ties between the superpower and one its biggest oil suppliers.
Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee who would be the first black U.S. president if he wins Tuesday’s election, said this year he would be open to dialogue with leaders like Chavez — a remark that was seized on by Republicans as naive.
McCain, who trails Obama in polls, has labeled Chavez a dictator.
Chavez, a socialist who has mocked President George W. Bush and calls ex-Cuban leader Fidel Castro his mentor, has said there is an inevitable clash between U.S. and Venezuelan interests, although he has at times offered to ease bilateral tensions.
Chavez also recently gave an Education Reform award to William Ayers, who traveled to Caracas to accept the award and gave a flowering speech about Chavez. But fear not, his friendship and past work with Obama doesn’t matter.
He, the real reformer, won an award, dontchaknow…