I am a fan of diplomacy. We do not need to agree with everyone or everything in order to talk. But let us recall that it is not our friends that we need to hold talks with, as much as those with who we have different perspectives and viewpoints. While FAUX News was having fun with the handshake between President Obama and President Chavez we all know that there are reasons we need intelligent leadership, such as we now enjoy.
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez said Saturday he’s ready to send an ambassador back to the U.S., according to the Venezuelan government news service.
“I have spoken to Roy Chaderton — currently Venezuela’s ambassador to the Organization of American States — and I have appointed him as candidate for the embassy in the United States,” Mr. Chávez said. “Now we must wait for Washington to provide the authorization so he can take up the post.”
His tense, vitriolic relationship with former U.S. President George W. Bush has dissolved into one with Obama that has started with respect and even friendship. On Friday, Mr. Obama shook Mr. Chávez hands while the two were waiting for the inaugural ceremony to start.
“I want to be your friend,” Mr. Chávez said to the U.S. president.
Both leaders are doubtless still feeling their way around this new relationship.