Hugo Chavez Wants Someone Famous to be US Ambassador

Hugo Chávez doesn't like Barack Obama's nomination for US Ambassador to Venezuela, Larry Palmer, who suggested that Chávez's administration is basically a drug cartel, so Palmer was rejected. But Chávez has a few suggestions — famous people who like him!

Chávez doesn't take criticism well, or at all, really, so when Palmer was nominated by Obama, he didn't stand a chance. Palmer in the recent past has said that Chávez has close ties to Colombian drug-trafficking rebels, and that morale in his military is low. And, after Chávez rejected Palmer, the US revoked the visa of Venezuela's ambassador. Looking to defuse the situation, in a speech yesterday the Venezuelan leader threw a few names out of people who could represent the United States in Caracas:

I hope they name Oliver Stone. I'll suggest a candidate ... Sean Penn or [Noam] Chomsky. We have a lot of friends there. Bill Clinton."

Come on now, Barack Obama. Hugo Chávez wants you to pay attention to him! Please?

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