He's dead, Jim.
Skip to comments.Chávez' Supporters Ask: How Can Our Superman Be Ill?
Posted on 07/01/2011 7:55:54 PM PDT by lbryce
As Hugo Chávez graces the big screen in a rowdy city center bar in Caracas, Santiago Valledare stands up and salutes, with no hint of irony.
After a completely uncharacteristic three-week silence, his president is about to announce that he has received treatment for a tumor while in Cuba. After watching the presidents subdued statement, Valledare stands firm: My Comandante doesn't have cancer. Its not true, he says, still standing. He is the best president we have ever had.... [He is] a strong man. He is not ill.
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Other so-called Chavistas in the bar share similar sentiments. Nearby, workers paint a wall, having just watched the same 15-minute appearance. "This is a lie.... I don't know why he said it but it's not true," insists Luis, as he takes a break to discuss the news with colleagues.
To his supporters, Chávez is a larger than life figure, someone whose defiance of the US and preaching of social justice has transformed Venezuelan society. But his socialist revolution has been built around his popularity and personality, and there is no one on the horizon who could take his place, which could mean another radical political shift for Venezuela if his illness proves serious.
For Chavistas it is very tough to accept that their supreme leader is no longer the strongman, suggests Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue. His human frailties have been exposed. For his avid followers there is no one else, only Chávez. Sympathy vote?
Some consider it a political ploy. It draws sympathy, offers Julio Angola, an industrial designer in a more trendy bar just outside the citys center.
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Well, for starters, he’s not SuperMan!
You would get the same reaction about Obama in any DC bar.
He's dead, Jim.
Cuba is considered to have one of the best health care systems in the world.
This says a lot about the average intelligence of the typical Chavez supporter.
That is the thing about personality cults...
“Cuba is considered to have one of the best health care systems in the world.”
Maybe Michael Moore can expedite the arrangements.
Maybe he’s allergic to sulphur drugs like kryptonite. Maybe the Bam should send ‘el diablo jorge Boooooosh’ to cheer up the thieving marxist.
The naivete of these morons is quite laughable.
The author of this nonsense might wish to check with someone who actually has lived in Cuba.
Cant expect anything else. Most locals are fed propaganda 24/7 and have never left the country or visited a modern one.
They literally do not know any better. They cannot... or they WILL not. One is better than the other but both are pretty bad.
Yes, Superman. Strange visitor from another planet, able to leap full colostomy bags in a single bound.
Well done. :-) I’m a huge Superman fan. Wish I would have thought of it.
It could be a sympathy ploy. It could also be a way to smoke out opposition members.
Evil oxygen waster goes for cancer care in Cuba.
What a moron.
Everyone on the planet knows the best cancer care on earth is in the (pre-ObamaCare) USA.
David Horowitz, who grew up as a “Red Diaper Baby” of immigrant Russian communist parents, reports that they, and other family members, were totally devastated when Stalin died in 1953. According to Horowitz: “It was like God had died.”
Hugo is responsible for that last bit there post-1998.
For some reason, the people who repeat this claim always end up utilizing the US healthcare system for their own personal health care needs. Go figure.