October 8th, 2012
11:04 AM ET

Five colorful quotes from Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez has won re-election to a new six- year term as president of Venezuela, according to results released late Sunday.

That means we can expect more colorful quotes such as these from the man who has been Venezuela's president since 1999.

In 2006, appearing at the U.N. General Assembly after President George W. Bush spoke there a day earlier, he had this to say:

"The devil came here yesterday, and it smells of sulfur still today."

According to a CNN report, Chavez said, "As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world. An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose a title: 'The Devil's Recipe.' "

That wasn't his first time equating things and people American with mythical evil beings. In 2005, he criticized the U.S. tradition of Halloween for "putting fear into other nations, putting fear into their own people."

"Families go and begin to disguise their children as witches. This is contrary to our way," he said, according to a BBC report.

In 2011, he suggested the influence of capitalism extended well beyond Earth.

"I have always said, have heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but perhaps capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived, and finished that planet," he said on state TV, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Chavez has also had doubts about U.S. foreign policy intentions, including after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

"I read that 3,000 soldiers are arriving, Marines armed as if they were going to war. There is not a shortage of guns there, my God. Doctors, medicine, fuel, field hospitals, that's what the United States should send," Chavez said on his weekly television show, according to a Reuters report. "They are occupying Haiti undercover.

"On top of that, you don't see them in the streets. Are they picking up bodies? ... Are they looking for the injured? You don't see them. I haven't seen them. Where are they?"

And late last year, he said the United States could be using cancer as a weapon against him and other South American leaders who have been stricken with it.

"It's very difficult to explain, even with the law of probabilities, what has been happening to some of us in Latin America," he said in a speech to the military, according to a Bloomberg News report. "Would it be so strange that they've invented technology to spread cancer and we won't know about it for 50 years?"

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  1. saywhat

    Good afternoon @Chrissy.

    That region needs skillful handling not just demonizing a leader. Or we lose other nations there too.

    October 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    "I remember. How many minutes do I have left President? About one, one minute."
    Hugo Chavez

    No, you have six more years.

    October 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ saywhat, that nation needs Hugo Chaves, and its good they see that. He will be what WE need also if we want the columbian drug traffic to stop also, as it comes via Venezualia and he is trying to stop that. My comment about his statement bout GWB stands

    October 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Texaco

    The people will eventually learn there is more to life than simply existing to support the collective, just as there is more to freedom than a free Obamaphone.

    October 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sea Snake

    Wake up AMERICA!! Chavez and Obama have the same vision for governing.

    1. Class warfare: where they take money to the rich to give to poor.
    2. Government dependence; people need to gov’t to exist.
    3. Drive by Media: in their pockets to push their agendas.
    4. Voter fraud;devalues the transparency of the vote.

    We the people have the power to chose our destiny and what is best for America.Obama does not have the answers to make America strong again. And if we don’t wake up and have a reality check we will be in the same path this 3rd world county very soon.

    October 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ancient Texan

      Oh so true! Good post.

      October 10, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Achcauhyaotl

      You just mentioned everything that a greedy, unscrupulous capitalist did–George W. Bush: 1. It was under his administration that millions of people were tricked into mortgages they couldn't afford and caused the greatest financial disaster since the great depression, and a step away from class warfare. 2. What's wrong with government dependence? Don't you go or have gone to public schools? Don't you get tax credits/deductions? Aren't the majority of well fare and government assistance recipients White? Didn't Bush make you dependent on the success of Corporate America? 3. Capitalists and American "Democracy" are the paragons of this. It is estimated that "democratic" elections in the U.S. are reaching $1 billion dollars. The White House is for sale. 4. Exactly what happened during the Dole vs. Bush presidential race. Why wasn't Florida counted correctly? Why were minorities in places like Compton, CA disenfranchised? Face it. Your U.S. "democracy" is nothing more than a cruel, greedy, money and power hungry world dictator and imperialist.

      November 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Minorkle

    I bet Sean Penn is sleeping well tonight

    October 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CHAVEZ ROCKS the Romney puppets

    Beauty is American female needs... for more oil based obesity: The Romney plan is simple: Mess with Libya
    in any fashion and watch the price of oil rock Europe, and see Romney bow to the Princes of Arabia in a
    true Palin salute. BOW LOW Romney baybeeee.... 🙂 a little lower.... worldwide.

    October 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO ©

    They don't have my favourte – that he was planning to outlaw golf. Venezuela's embarrassment continues.

    October 8, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      He was going to outlaw golf???
      What on earth for?
      Abuse of little dimpled balls?
      Lol...that's a hoot.
      Venezuela would be off my hubs bucket list then...

      October 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      It is a game of the rich class and a waste of land.

      October 8, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I see.
      Yeah, my husband is of the rich class.
      Who knew? Not me, lol...
      Waste of land?
      Well, perhaps...what did he want to put in place of the courses?

      October 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Dunno. Maybe a collective farm. With Nikita Khrushchev reincarnated as a tractor.

      October 8, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    Outlaw Golf? That's SICK! Just sick!

    October 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    Thanks, @saywhat. (except for the 'bitter' part) The world can be a bitter place especially in these mixed-up invasions, wars, and occupations of foreign lands. I say "mixed-up" b/c all three, ivasion, war, and occupation, are all called 'war' now.
    I also say 'mixed-up' b/c we see christians and muslims banding together to invade holy muslim lands being defended by homeowners.
    I really don't blame myself for using such bitter words to describe such bitterness, and is why I refrain from saying poop smells like a flower...it would be a bitter and erroneous to do so.
    "The glory of war is all moonshine."-General Sherman

    October 9, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    ...and @chrissy, Columbian drug cartels moved to Mexico a couple of years ago and is one big reason why our southern border has become such a violent place.
    There really are dozens of tunnels running beneath our border. We've never had a president who would close them even though for many years these tunnels are detectable even by satellites. They are allowed to exist, just as tunnels under Israel-Egypt border are allowed.
    Leaders on both sides know the tunnels are there and know what goes through them every day, but nothing has ever been done about them. Not even Bush did anything our tunnels after 9/11.
    People like to look up and look-around. When you look down under the ground and see what men are doing, NOW you have the complete picture rather than just three sides of it. (Height, width, length, and now, depth)
    It's how Germany was able to be building an illegal war machine while we were calling him TIME MAGAZINEs 'Man of the Year' and nominating him for the Nobel peace prize.

    October 9, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    Him being Adolph Hitler, of course.
    Adolph Hitler, TIME Magaizine's "Man of the Year" all the while building an illegal war machine (army) underground, mostly hand dug by enslaved jewish men years before the outbreak of WWII.
    TIME magazine awarded a man who was acticely persecuting jews. And now you will say TIME executives are ignorant. Right?
    "Everyone knew about the camps."-Oscar Schindler, a nazi german industrialist who near the end of the war softened his heart towords his own jewish slaves and saved many hundreds single-handedly.

    October 9, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Since 1927, TIME Magazine has chosen a man, woman, or idea that "for better or worse, has most influenced events in the preceding year."
      Adolf Hitler most certainly did influence the events of 1937.
      Mrs. Wallis Warfield Simpson was on the cover in 1936
      Stalin was on the cover in 1939 and 1942.
      Just to put the who thing into the perspective it is supposed to be taken in, Mark Zuckerberg was on the cover in 2010, The Computer in 1982, Twenty-five and under in 1966, and You in 2006.
      It is meant to show the person/people/things that shaped the previous year's news, and not an award, per say.

      October 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chadly

      Hey, some more fun facts about our boy Adolf~

      Hitler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1939 on the basis of the peaceful resolution of the Sudetenland Crisis; but the nomination was rejected by the Nobel Prize Committee.
      Anyone can be nominated, doesn't mean a whole lot~

      Also~ Hitler forbade any German to accept any Nobel Prize. When the Nobel Committee announced that the 1935 Peace Prize had been awarded to German journalist Carl Von Ossietzky, The German Government forbade him to accept the award.

      Yeah a swell bunch of people. Bet Adolf would have changed his little mind on that if HE had won~

      October 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You are right.
      Many people can get nominated, but he was never a serious contender for the Peace Prize.

      October 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kenney

    Omg why would we invade south or central america ? We need thede countries intackt and doing well for our own ecenomy to do well what an idiot tro think that we would do such a thing,,,im currently in venezuela amd heading back to columbia soon this man is not what the news and papers portray him as thats for sure if your deaing with a cold blooded person and when you shake there hand you know who you have shaken hands with you can feel it mr chavez does not give that feeling no more then our own does

    October 9, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. the Mayor of the Internet

    Well done as always Andre. This is excatly what the internet is all about.

    October 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Obama Mama

    @seasnake- I guess taking and making the poor pay for the wealthy financial blunders is okay though? The middle class must pay for the wealthy to play with our money. The wealthy should make all the decisions because they make the laws? I don't think so. Mitt wants to take away the credit for the mortgage and children from the middle class but he can claim Ann's horsey ($77,000.), who is stealing from whom. The middle class does not send their money to the Cayman's to avoid taxes, nor does the middle class have trust funds, shares or capital gains to fall back on. Does anyone wonder why the disparing amounts wealthy over the middle class? The republicans will keep you in your place.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
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