Our naive president is now in a nest of vipers and is oblivious to the ramifications of the anti-american sentiment he will be subjected to. It must be nice to be clueless…
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) – President Barack Obama extended a hand to America’s hemispheric neighbors on Saturday at a summit where he offered a new beginning for U.S.-Cuba relations and greeted Venezuela’s fiery, leftist president who gave him a book about Latin America‘s exploitation by foreign powers.
U.S. relations with Havana and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez took center stage at the Summit of the Americas in this island capital. Obama signaled he was ready to accept Cuban President Raul Castro’s proposal of talks on issues once off-limits for Cuba, including the scores of political prisoners held by the communist government.
Obama shook hands with Chavez, a leader who once likened former President George W. Bush to the devil, and casually exclaimed, “Como estas?”
“I think it was a good moment,” Chavez said, describing his first grip and grin with Obama. “I think President Obama is an intelligent man, compared to the previous U.S. president.”
Then, as the first full day of meetings began in the two-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, just off Venezuela’s coast, Chavez walked over to Obama, patted the president on the shoulder and handed him the book, “The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent” by Eduardo Galeano, an essay about U.S. and European economic and political interference in the region.