Now, I don't particularly care for Hugo Chavez' brand of governing, and I have been following news from that part of the world for many years now. I'm not crazy about his style, nor his attitude toward many many things. It's my
that the man has a serious ego problem.
However, I do completely respect President Obama for his willingness to work with people. I don't see it as 'checking your morals at the door', mostly because I don't see the US as the 'moral' one, nor is Venezuela 'immoral.' Their leader may be overinflated on his ego, but pompous-ass leaders are a dime a dozen in any part of the world.
Most of my televised news comes from the Spanish language station, and their reports are so very different than what we see. What I see (both in the news AND in real life, lest anyone think I believe everything
I see on TV) is that, while few Latin Americans are gung-ho about Chavez, they are at the very least appreciative that the leader of the world's superpower is willing to work with them. I see Latin Americans that finally have breathed a sigh of relief that *just maybe* their countries will get some respect from the US, and not just more NAFTA/CAFTA.