President Hugo Chavez deserves a second nod for the “Most Memorable Use of Metaphor by a World Leader Making Verbal Attacks” award for a pair of recent barbs; the first stemming from his September 2006 verbal salvo comparing President George W. Bush to a devil in front of United Nations.
In a speech capping his trip last week to Argentina, part of a four-nation South America tour, the Venezuelan leader compared the United States to Count Dracula, noting its “insatiable voracity,” and tapped inspiration from Bram Stoker as he painted a description a desperate vampire wandering Buenos Aires streets in the wee morning hours.
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He repeated the Dracula metaphor, a dig at U.S.-fuel-sucking, in Ecuador last Thursday. Last month, he employed his creative skills to liken a Honduran cardinal to an “imperialist clown,” after a report reared stating that the religious leader said Chavez “thinks he’s God and can trample upon other people,” the Associated Press reported.
On his Tuesday program, Mega TV personality, Jaime Bayly, cracked that Chavez’s Dracula dig seemed like a lot of “Crapula.” --Janine Zeitlin