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.
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.
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On his Tuesday program, Mega TV personality, Jaime Bayly, cracked that Chavez’s Dracula dig seemed like a lot of “Crapula.” --Janine Zeitlin