Chávez mocks Cheney for slip of the tongue

Por Venezuela Real - 7 de Noviembre, 2007, 18:03, Categoría: Imagen gobierno / Chávez

Miami Herald

November 07, 2007

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez mocked Vice President Dick Cheney for confusing Venezuela with Peru, saying the verbal blunder shows the United States is governed by a ``bunch of ignorant fools.''

In a speech late Tuesday, Chávez noted that the vice president referred to Peru when asked about Venezuela during a weekend appearance in Dallas.

''The vice president of the United States was talking about us, but he made a mistake,'' Chávez said, laughing. ``Since those who govern the United States are a bunch of ignorant fools . . . he thinks I'm president of Peru.

''They don't know where Venezuela is, nor do they know where Peru is,'' Chávez told the crowd.
According to a transcript on the White House page, the vice president was asked how concerned he is about Chávez's influence.

''I'm trying to think how to state this diplomatically. Diplomacy is hard sometimes,'' Cheney said, drawing laughs from his audience.

``He's a -- obviously an individual with his own agenda, and he spends a great deal of his time worrying about us and criticizing the United States. My own personal view is that he does not represent the future of Latin America, and the people of Peru I think deserve better in their leadership.''

Acknowledging Cheney's slip of the tongue, the transcript included an asterisk next to Peru to note he actually was referring to Venezuela.

The Venezuelan leader, a close ally of Cuba's Fidel Castro, has had increasingly tense relations with Washington, even though the United States remains the top buyer of Venezuelan oil.

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