Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died on Tuesday after a two-year battle with cancer, ending 14 years of tumultuous rule.
He bedeviled the United States and outsmarted his rivals time and again, while using Venezuela’s vast oil wealth to his political advantage. But the larger than life leader was also well known for his outlandish comments – mostly directed at various US leaders and capitalism in general.
Chavez may have passed away, but some of these quotes will definitely live on!
* On George W Bush:
“The Devil is right at home. The Devil, the Devil himself, is right in the house. And the Devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the Devil came here. Right here. [crosses himself] And it smells of sulphur still today. 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. Truly. As the owner of the world”, he said in a famous speech to the UN general assembly in 2006.
In another speech in Venezuela, he described the former US President as a donkey. “You are ignoramus, you are a burro, Mr Danger… or to say it to you in my bad English: [switching languages] You are a donkey, Mr Danger. You are a donkey, Mr George W Bush.”
* On Obama
“If I were American, I’d vote for Obama”
* On Condoleeza Rice:
“She is sexually frustrated. I could invite her on a date to see what happens between us”, he said in a 2005 speech.
* On North America:
“I hereby accuse the North American empire of being the biggest menace to our planet”, he said in 2005.
* On Israel:
“Israel has gone mad. It’s attacking, doing the same thing to the Palestinian and Lebanese people that it has criticised – and with reason – [in the case of] the Holocaust. But this is a new Holocaust.”
* On Capitalism:
“The way to build a new and better world is not capitalism. Capitalism leads us straight to hell.”
* On Halloween:
” Terrorism, putting fear into other nations, putting fear into their own people. Families go and begin to disguise their children as witches. This is contrary to our way”