April 18, 2009

Chavez, Obama shake hands

Per CNN, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez and U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands on Friday at the Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Chavez has openly criticized the United States in the past, but he told Obama he wants to be his friend, according to CNN.

The gesture quickly hit international news wires and it did not take long for the Twitterverse to react. Twitterers in Venezuela found humor in the act.

  1. Simon E Gonzalez
    SimonEnrique (Caracas, Venezuela) the obama-chavez photos is everywhere... what a funny situation. Chavez: yes, you could!!
  2. Miguel Kudry
    kudry (Caracas, Venezuela) RT @modulor: Chavez a Obama: "quiero ser tu amigo" (aaawwws, jajaja) http://tinyurl.com/cc3963 y http://tinyurl.com/ddtpxt (@modulor RT: Obama to Chavez: "I want to be your friend" (aaawwws, hahaha))
  3. Guillermo Esteves
    gesteves (Caracas, Venezuela) Chávez tiene semanas insultando a Obama, pero basta que lo vea en persona y…http://bit.ly/2xdPB3 (Chavez has weeks insulting Obama, but then he sees him in person and...)

Others in the Twitterverse had mixed reactions.

  1. Loany Zelaya
    loanyz (Undisclosed) I can't believe obama shook hands with chavez...the madman...this is unacceptable!!!
  2. Ruben Hoyos
    Ilove2sing82 (Undisclosed) Obama shook hands with Hugo Chavez. Interesting because I'm from Colombia and I hate Chavez
  3. bobbyricha
    bobbyricha (Newnan, Ga.) Obama is hanging with Chavez. Change you can believe in. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.
  4. David Niklaus
    1DavidN (Orange Co., Calif.) Would it have been better if Obama had "snubbed" Chavez and NOT shaken his hand? I think it would have shown lack of class.
  5. Andy Parker
    callmeparks (Undisclosed) awww Chavez and Obama want to be buddies, how cute. you have to be kidding me, now they can discuss socialist issues together.
  6. Stephen Olowoye
    stepolo (Washington, D.C.) What is wrong with Pres. Obama shaking hands with Hugo Chavez...It's time we change our attitude and be accomodating...CHANGE WE BELIEVE IN
  7. Tich Hwata
    tich2009 (Undisclosed) Obama good stuff extending hand to Chavez, thats a positive move.

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