Chavez. Alo Presidente. The man is a megalomaniac. He WILL NOT shut up. Recently he was told by his doctors to shut up, lest he damage his vocal cords and throat. He laughed it off and talked and sang for three hours. When he speaks in public or on his television show he can go four or five hours, no problem. When he’s talking on TV they hang out of their windows in Caracas and beat pots and pans together. I’m surprised more of them don’t jump.
Back in 2007 at the Chilean Summit there was the incident where Spain’s King Juan Carlos couldn’t take it anymore and leaned across the table and told Chavez to “shut up”.
Then Sean Penn emerges from his audience last fall with Chavez and (like the Dennis Hopper character in Apocalypse Now) tells with pride how the man spoke to him for hours. What a joke. He wouldn’t shut up. What’s new?
Speaking of jokes, the story goes that after being kidnapped in the failed coup against him in 2002 Chavez amazed the world by suddenly becoming free of his captors. Well turns out they turned him loose because he wouldn’t shut the fuck up.
He is expected to interview guests, sing, recount childhood anecdotes, dissect foreign and domestic policy, recite quotations, muse on Latin American history, maybe hire and fire government officials, all without a teleprompter or script.
Every channel, he will be there. Day after day after day after day. No soccer, no baseball, no soap operas, just Alo Presidente. By the millions they will be begging their televisions for him to shut up. But he won’t.
OK. Super special prize for first one here to correctly provide Chavez nickname for Bush.