The Ibero-American summit ended on an unusually heated note Saturday, when an angry verbal spat culminated with the king of Spain telling Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to “shut up.”
Chavez, the outspoken leftist leader who called President Bush “the devil” on the floor of the United Nations last year, triggered the exchange by repeatedly referring to former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar as a “fascist.”
Spain’s current socialist prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, responded during his own allotted time by urging Chavez to be more diplomatic in his words and respect other leaders despite political differences.
“Former President Aznar was democratically elected by the Spanish people and was a legitimate representative of the Spanish people,” he said, eliciting applause from the gathered heads of state.
Chavez repeatedly tried to interrupt, but his microphone was off.
Spanish King Juan Carlos, seated next to Zapatero, angrily turned to Chavez and said, “Why don’t you shut up?”
Memo to the Spaniards, when you get into bed with shitty characters such as those that run castro inc. and its subsidiary, chavez inc. you are going to get fecal matter on you.
Perhaps Chavez has finally lost his marbles. Interestingly Carlos Lage, “the reformer” is the one who defended Chavez:
Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage backed Chavez, saying that “a president’s legitimacy stems not only from his election by voters … he must also be legitimate in the exercise of power.”