Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Conference today in Copenhagen, and suggested that President Obama is the devil.
Chávez said that “the Kyoto Protocol cannot be declared dead or extinguished, which is what the US pretends to do. Which is why (President) Evo (Morales of Bolivia) tells a great truth: If Obama, Nobel War Prize, said here, by the way, it smells of sulfur here. It smells of sulfur. It keeps smelling of sulfur in this world. The Nobel War Prize has just said here that he came to act. Well, then show it, sir, don’t leave by the back door, eh? Do everything you need to do for the US to adhere to the Kyoto Protocol, and let’s respect Kyoto, and empower Kyoto, and respond to the world in a transparent fashion.”
The comment recalled Chávez’s speech to the United Nations in September 2006 when he referred to President Bush as the devil, also leaving behind a scent of sulfur.
“The devil came here yesterday, and it smells of sulfur still today, this table that I am now standing in front of,” Chávez said, making the sign of the cross and acting as if he were praying. “Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the President of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world.”
Today’s remark is a departure for Chávez, who praised Obama in a speech at the United Nations just three months ago.
“It doesn’t smell of sulfur here anymore,” he said on September 24. “it doesn’t smell of sulfur, it’s gone. No — it smells of something else. It smells of hope.”
Perhaps Chávez’s olfactory nerves are acting up again.