Hugo Chavez took to Venezuelan state television on Friday to lament the state of the U.S. economy and urge President Barack Obama to join the socialist movement.
“It’s regrettable the crisis that the U.S. is living
through," Bloomberg quotes Venezuela's President as saying. "Millions of workers are being left in the street,
thousands of companies are closing, in the U.S. there isn’t a
single new infrastructure project. Go look for a highway there,
the country has gone bust.”
Chavez, who recently declared his country's 54-46 percent vote to end term limits a "mandate for socialism," went on to address Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus plan, which has faced staunch opposition from Republican lawmakers and pundits: “Now President Obama arrived with some announcements,
hopefully, but the capitalist model and its perverse values have
failed...I recommend to Obama—they’re criticizing him because
they say he’s moving towards socialism—come Obama, ally with
us on the path to socialism, it’s the only road.”
“Imagine a socialist revolution in the U.S. Nothing is
impossible,” concluded Chavez.
Chavez is no stranger to controversial soundbites—just days before Barack Obama's inauguration, he declared that the new U.S. President had the "stench" of former President George W. Bush.
What do you think of President Chavez's latest controversial remarks about President Obama and socialism?