Who knew that Hope and ChangeTM smelled like … George Bush? Hugo Chavez repeated an insult originally directed at Barack Obama’s predecessor at the UN a while back and directed it at Obama himself in Copenhagen today. Can’t a man just eat his sulfur-dripped waffles when hanging out with fellow leftists?

Fausta gives us the translation, which is a little hard to read in the video:

…That’s why we thank the president for giving President Morales and me a chance to speak.

It would have been regrettable if they had attempted to veto us in this meeting. I don’t even want to think about it, no, nor suspect it.

As Lula already said, the Kyoto Protocol can not be declared dead or extinguished, which is what the US pretends to do.

Which is why Evo tells a great truth: If Obama, Nobel War Prize, said here, by the way, it smells of sulfur here.

It smells of sulfur. It keeps smelling of sulfur in this world.

The Nobel War Prize has just said here that he came to act. Well, then show it, sir, don’t leave by the back door, eh?

Do everything you need to do for the US to adhere to the Kyoto Protocol, and let’s respect Kyoto, and empower Kyoto, and respond to the world in a transparent fashion.

There’s a fair bit of petard-hoisting here. Obama made Chavez one of his prime exhibits of the failure of the Bush administration’s foreign policy, famously pledging to meet Chavez and other dictators “without preconditions” to butter them up and improve America’s standing in the world. Obama actually did that with Chavez (although not with other leaders like Kim Jong-Il and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, thankfully), and used the power of the US State Department in an attempt to carry out Chavez’ will on Honduras — an effort that failed miserably, also thankfully.

What can we learn from this lesson? When dictatorial jackasses insult the US and its leader on the world stage, sometimes it’s because they’re jackasses, and not because of any American failing. Getting our panties in a wad because of what Chavez thinks of us not only is unproductive, it encourages him to be an even bigger jackass. Instead of worrying about Chavez’ assessment of the US, maybe it’s just best to worry about America’s interests instead.

Tags: Barack Obama