Francisco Toro writes about Hugo Chávez at The Huffington Post, arguing that he will treat Obama and Bush essentially the same:
It's just pathetic...and it's hard to overstate how badly Chavez is misreading the international mood surrounding President Obama's inauguration, how naive his attempt is to transition straight from Bush-whackery to a primitive brand of Obama-baiting that treats the two as basically interchangeable.
The issue of "international mood" struck me, because I just saw this article about Cristina Fernández and Fidel Castro:
She said Castro was impressed with Obama's inauguration ceremony and said he thought the new U.S. president was a ''sincere man'' with ``good ideas.''
Not only is Fidel not insulting Obama, he is actually praising him.
Ultimately, though, Chávez needs the votes of Venezuelans, and so what matters most is not international mood, but domestic.