Chavez Says ‘Hell Naw’ to Obama’s Ambassador Pick
Matt | On 09, Aug 2010
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is putting his foot down with the Obama Administration in the latest tiff of international relations.
President Obama nominated Larry Palmer as U.S. ambassador to Venezuela. His confirmation is pending a vote from the U.S. Senate. But, Chavez is not feeling Larry AT ALL!
Palmer has made remarks recently that ruffled Chavez’s socialist feathers. He gave a major side-eye to Cuba’s involvement with Venezuela’s military. He said that their military lacked in both morale and professionalism. Palmer has also attempted to tie Colombian rebels to Chavez’s government. In short, he burned some major bridges and egged the boss’s car before starting the job.
Now, let’s be clear. Palmer was brought on board to MEND (or at least work the rough patches) of the relationship between the U.S. and Venezuela. He’s already on shaky ground when Chavez refuses to seat him as ambassador in Caracas, the capital city. Though Palmer wasn’t holding back his feelings about Venezuela, Chavez also is not the easiest person to get along with.
If appointed and seated, Palmer will replace outgoing Ambassador Patrick Duddy, a Bush appointee who has served in Venezuela for three years. From September 2008 to July 2009, though, Duddy was given “persona non grata” status. In international relations, that means “you ain’t welcome here so GET OUT.” He was reinstated by President Obama once the U.S. started playing nice with Venezuela again. Chavez originally threw Duddy out because he thought the U.S. government was trying to overthrow him. Go figure.
Anyone notice a pattern here? Hugo Chavez is not that fond of anything having to do with the United States. Best of luck to Palmer if he happens to get seated for the position. :-/