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April 27, 2010

Report: Hugo Chavez is joining Twitter

Posted: 10:04 AM ET

Of course celebrities like singer Britney Spears are on Twitter.

And it even seems expected at this point that Barack Obama, arguably the techiest president in U.S. history, would have a presence on the micro-blogging service.

But Hugo Chavez?

According to Bloomberg, the Venezuelan president - one of the most controversial world leaders– is planning to join Twitter.

Not only that. He wants to dominate it.

“Comandante Chavez is going to open his Twitter account soon to wage the battle online,” Diosdado Cabello, head of the country’s telecommunications regulator, said on state television, according to the news organization.

“I’m sure he’ll break records for numbers of followers.”

Chavez said in March that he plans to use the web to interact with critics, according to Sky News.

"I'm going to have my online trench from the palace to wage the battle. I'll provide information and even respond to my enemies," Chavez said, according to that news site.

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Alfredo Hurtado   April 27th, 2010 10:19 am ET

That man has no education, no culture, no vision. He buys others presidents support with money and oil, and has his own country sufering with misery and unemployment, I am a Venezuelan and I am NOT going to follow him, and I think people should do the same.


R   April 27th, 2010 10:26 am ET

Fine, pack it up and send it to him.


Steve   April 27th, 2010 10:46 am ET

He probably will have a large following, but they are there to laugh at him and goad him into a frenzy. Who is he going to battle? He is certifiable nuts.


Chucklehead   April 27th, 2010 10:48 am ET

Sure, now he joins Twitter, tomorrow he'll try to shut it down.


Ralph in Orange Park, FL   April 27th, 2010 10:52 am ET

Well, he is definitely a twit.


Jeff   April 27th, 2010 10:56 am ET

He can chat with his BFF Sean Penn, since they say he is a nut then Penn is the perfect tool for him.


Realistic   April 27th, 2010 10:57 am ET

Ok now Hugo will use twitter to spout his propaganda. Great..Maybe people will give him suggestions on how he could fix his countries economy because he has no idea how to.


guest   April 27th, 2010 10:57 am ET

how will he be able to confine himself to a mere 140 characters?


In Florida   April 27th, 2010 10:57 am ET

A dictator diving in a free-speech network. That's rich. He'll probably consider the spam followers as "friends".


Aaron   April 27th, 2010 10:58 am ET

Watch how fast opinions will change when he can speak to people without the media slanting his comments (American media). Remember this is a man who provides fuel assistance for the poorest of the poor in America. He has been villianized in many countries over fear of their people seeign that another form of Government can work too. He is a hero in his own country.


In Florida   April 27th, 2010 11:01 am ET

Aaron – if he's such a hero, why are media outlets in Venezuela who criticize him shut down?


Tiffany Eagle   April 27th, 2010 11:01 am ET

I will not follow him. I know most of my friends won't follow him either. He has no sense.


guest   April 27th, 2010 11:05 am ET

Aaron- you obviously don't live in Venezuela.......lots of folks, including his supporters, are tired of his ideas on how to run a country.......


Bhavana   April 27th, 2010 11:07 am ET

What makes you think it will actually be him and not, say, a propaganda minister?


SH   April 27th, 2010 11:08 am ET

I think Aaron is really Mr. Chavez. How else could someone other than Mr. Chavez say someting so asinine.


Jared   April 27th, 2010 11:08 am ET

I lived in venezuela for 2 years after he was elected. He's a total loser, and we'll all be better off if he were to be assassinated.


cg   April 27th, 2010 11:09 am ET

Does anyone in the world have anything to do. Twitter is about as stupid as it sounds. Get a life people.


Laura   April 27th, 2010 11:09 am ET

I never thought to see a copycat of Castro's dictator , only that this one is a bit uneducated . I feel so sorry for the venuezuelans . Venezuela don't let this man fool you , he is totally crazy . Enough with the propaganda and the false image they are portraying . NO to Chavez and his nonsense ideas


manyok, PA   April 27th, 2010 11:10 am ET

Who is Hugo Chavez? And why is he a big deal wether to join twiface or not.


Jared   April 27th, 2010 11:12 am ET

Oh, and Aaron, he is not a hero in his own country. When I lived there the only people that really supported him were the very poor, because he made several promises to them, most of which he hasn't kept. Unnfortunately, they are not educated enough to realize they are being duped by a total tool. I knew one lady whose daughter had cancer, so she went to go meet with Chavez to ask for help. He met with her and promised help, but then nothing happened. The guy is evil and he is destroying that country.


John in AZ   April 27th, 2010 11:14 am ET

As is usually the case with hypocrites, Chavez can't see his own hypocrisy in joining such a service. It is an American social networking site, and it's at its core a reflection of the freedom of expression that democracies allow (yeah, never mind the frivolous celebrities on it tweeting about mochas). I know what the first tweet will be: "OMG, I think I just foiled another attempt on my life! Now, off to coffee. Signing a lot of executive orders today, need my energy."


Romero   April 27th, 2010 11:16 am ET

I will not follow him because I do not follow anybody in TWITTER, FACEBOOK, etc. However, I do not criticize anybody who will do... I just recently saw an old cuban man begging for money, here in the US. Even though, this is just one case, I could not stop to think how different his live could have been in his Country, had he stayed... I remember growing up in Venezuela, I was really poor. My family did not have any government help, nothing! just promises! The country was classicist and I belonged to the lowest class, so I did not have a voice, that government did not represent me, they just represented the powerful class. Now it is different, poor people have a voice. They might not have the best leader, but at least, they can be heard. I know the country is divided, there are more crimes than before, I think, not sure of the numbers, but this process is going to bring, at some point, more leaders from lower classes who will do better for their people. The actual government is not as horrible as is presented by the opposition, and it is not as beautiful as presented by the officials. I am trying to be objective, I am not a Hugo Chavez fan beacuse I believe Democracy mean having the opportunity of having a President every five or six years, but until a new real leader emerges, I do not have a proble with him being the President.


Amazing Me   April 27th, 2010 11:18 am ET

So it seems that he's finally adopting Technology from the Imperialism.
He should make up his mind once and for all. For starters, the TCP/IP protocol was created by the army of the country he 'hates' so much.
He acts like a two-faced monkey, a total brat who loves to complain about everybody who surrounds him while at the same time takes advantage of what they have to offer. A real pain in the butt.
He can barely speak, so I can't imagine what he would write on Twitter.
Most likely pure non-sense. His account should be denied or canceled. A total waste of valuable bandwidth, a source of intellectual pollution.
Just wait and see...


Nena22   April 27th, 2010 11:20 am ET

Aaron: Chavez is a hero in a country where many of the educated have fled! A hero in a country where people no longer have the basic such as water and a hero for feeding them arepas since there is no food left for them. Hurray for those who are getting free fuel from him, obviously they do not live in Venezuela other wise they would have none. One thing is to visit a person another is to live with that person. They always put the good face on while you are visiting.


Corey   April 27th, 2010 11:21 am ET

HAHAHA, who's next, Kim Jong? Dear Leader: juzz gunna spend tha day watchin some clint eastwood movies an' maybe i'll throw sum peeps in one of mah' fly labor camps juss fo' fun, yo!

What an f'in joke.


Robert Emery   April 27th, 2010 11:27 am ET

Chevez is only prepping himself on US culture. He believes Comprehensive Immigration Reform will allow him to run against Obama.


Mad Doc   April 27th, 2010 11:29 am ET

He stinks up the United Nation – eyyoouuuuuu! Now twitter account, he's gonna have brainfart for the next .002 seconds to be gone!


Mary   April 27th, 2010 11:30 am ET

Aaron what an idiot you are!!! If you like so much Hugo Chavez why don’t you move to Venezuela so you can see what he has done to my country all of my family has left Venezuela because we cant even go out with out fear of being kidnapped or robbed, businesses have closed, are economy its at its worst and you say he is a HERO you have no idea what you are talking about. He gives away our oil while in Venezuela there is an electrical crisis everyday day they shut down electricity in the mayor cities for 3 hours and you think he is doing a great job. Move to Venezuela please and let’s see how long you last when you have to go to 10 different supermarkets to find rice or milk


Dylan   April 27th, 2010 11:34 am ET

I can't wait to follow this big pile of crazy. Should make for some entertaining tweets, for sure.


It’s the Internets! (04/27/10) « Kibitzers   April 27th, 2010 11:36 am ET

[...] Here's yet another reason you should join Twitter – Hugo Chavez is joining! [...]


Jackblob   April 27th, 2010 11:37 am ET

Just as recently as February, Chavez declared Twitter messages and social networking as terrorist threats. If you have not yet seen any of Hugo's television broadcasts of Aló Presidente, check him out. I guarantee you will consider him insane.


Jeff   April 27th, 2010 11:48 am ET

Chavez on twitter? I'd rather follow a televangelist...... LOL


Tracy   April 27th, 2010 11:49 am ET

Well, there goes the neighborhood...


Jackblob   April 27th, 2010 11:49 am ET

Aaron, Aaron, Arron. Your ignorance of Venezuela has no bounds. Under Hugo's presidency, Venezuela's infrastructure is falling apart. Basic services like electricity and water are being rationed. Basic food items like milk are scarce. Prices are escalating. Crime has risen dramatically. Do you really think the poor find comfort in the fact that gasoline costs just pennies a gallon?


jaydeetee   April 27th, 2010 11:51 am ET

Now that Chavez is on Twitter he can twit his favorite fellow travelers, like McCain, Pailin, Hannity, Coulter, O'Reilly, Bachman, McConnell, Boehner, et al.


Carlos Paris   April 27th, 2010 11:53 am ET

Romero, I can certainly tell you haven't lived in Venezuela lately...

The poor have a voice? wow!! If you call getting paid with a bottle of rum and 50 BsF to go to the demonstrations of the government as "having a voice", you are absolutely blind! Slaves are made this way!! Never was I paid at the demonstrations against the government when we were bombarded with tear gas!! And Chavez has shut down the media!!! The only voice left is that of "El Comandante".

PEOPLE WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!


Dustin   April 27th, 2010 11:57 am ET

Don't think I need to explain how ironic this is. Reminds me of Iran flying F-4's last week in their military exercise.


L Meyers   April 27th, 2010 12:00 pm ET

*There goes the neighborhood!*


Beavis   April 27th, 2010 12:01 pm ET

This disgusting person person not only needs TP for his bunghole but also for his dirty mouth which is only useful for spewing scat. If anything, he should dedicate himself to scatology.


Alex Winter   April 27th, 2010 12:03 pm ET

I'm sure Comrade Obama is excited to follow him!


Melissa   April 27th, 2010 12:04 pm ET

It is my wish for today that Hugo Chavez and Lindsay Lohan become friends on Twitter.


EL REY   April 27th, 2010 12:06 pm ET

Que Viva Hugo Chavez, that`s how a real president should be.. QUE VIVA HUGO, QUE VIVA FIDEL... Let democracy begin and stop all the Racism in the US.


silverbeatle   April 27th, 2010 12:09 pm ET

He's an ignorant low class individual.. who rants about how democracy is the evil empire..


Latino   April 27th, 2010 12:16 pm ET

HE IS A CHICKEN (GALLINA) DRESSED IN A WOLF SUIT! He is an embarrassment, an idiot that doesn't think before talking.


LB   April 27th, 2010 12:17 pm ET

Appropriate, seeing what a Twit he is...


Brian   April 27th, 2010 12:17 pm ET

Here's another way this fool can satisfy his ego. I'll even go so far and quote his first tweet.

"Pay attention to me! Pay attention to me! I'm important!!"


bloom   April 27th, 2010 12:17 pm ET

He can join Twitter, but will he try to take control of it like he has done with the Venezuelan media?


TheTraveler   April 27th, 2010 12:18 pm ET

What an absolute "non-event".


hollywoodmeme   April 27th, 2010 12:22 pm ET

I just found it (I think) – http://twitter.com/presidentchavez


Latino   April 27th, 2010 12:23 pm ET

AARON, YOU PROBLY HAVE THINGS THAT MAKE MORE SENSE THAT COME OUT OF YOUR BUT, THAN WHAT COMES OUT OF YOUR MOUTH! I RECOMMEND YOU JUST SIMPLY STAY QUIET!


Maracucho   April 27th, 2010 12:29 pm ET

Ojo Pela'o! Que Molleja primo! Esta Verga va a continuar jodiendo a toda la gente venozolana, hasta que algien le matara.


Jake   April 27th, 2010 12:32 pm ET

“I’m sure he’ll break records for numbers of followers.”

HAHAHAHA


Bill   April 27th, 2010 12:36 pm ET

Why is CNN and the likes keep reporting and promoting this character. This guy is an anti democracy socialist dictator that believe everything about the United States is bad. However, doesn't he realize who started the internet, thus gave birth to twitter? Now he's using it? Plus, I'm sure he's using hundreds of other things that came out of a democracy. Tell me one thing that came from a socialist society that he loves so much? Trust me, I came from such a country and if you don't believe me, move to one and tell me in a year if socialism is still a good thing. What a joke! CNN stop reporting about this clown.


Hugo   April 27th, 2010 12:38 pm ET

Hola Amigos,

The truth is I really want to be able to follow Sarah Palin.


la chica   April 27th, 2010 12:39 pm ET

OMG people need to be more educated on what Hugo Chavez represents and his philosophy. If you don’t live there or if you are not from this beautiful country of Venezuela, please omit your comments. His military exercises will reflect on his interaction. This man doesn’t know how to talk, neither less how to use a social network like twitter. Is sad that in order to see how people dislike him so much he has to participate in this network, and hopefully pretend he can shut this one down like all the mayor broadcasting companies out there. Twitter should have an application to fill for new outcomers and check their references. I’m sure he will be denied like a bad credit card holder. If he enjoys lets show him how much of we disagree and how much we want him out. Twitter will show him that.


OMDUSA   April 27th, 2010 12:39 pm ET

Well, I'm gonna sign up. I'm already getting tweets from Kim Jong Il. Now all I need is Ahmedinejad and I'm done.


JMoss   April 27th, 2010 12:40 pm ET

This is classic. I think two things have happened here:

1. He has no idea how internet culture works, and
2. He has, like a number of other people, bought into the wildly inflated view and effectiveness of Twitter


Bubinski   April 27th, 2010 12:41 pm ET

How's he gonna rant incoherently, as he does verbally, with only 140 characters? I'm a bit shocked though. I thought the Little Napoleon was as totally illiterate as he seems every time he opens his mouth. I didn't realize he could read and write ..... well, maybe he'll get Fidel or his anti-Semite pal Ahmadinejad to write his Tweets for him.


the one   April 27th, 2010 12:41 pm ET

some body needs to kill that sob hes very worthless


Tony   April 27th, 2010 12:42 pm ET

Everytime this guy goes to the Baseball stadiums he receives whistles at booing. Can't imagine in Twitter without all Cuban control and security arround him. He's destroying the country, closing TV media against him, nationalizing all companies and controling all power like Hitler, Mousoulini, Saddam. A murdered, a coward hidding behind the power with the support of AXS lickers Militars and ministers.
Hijo de puta


Guyi2406   April 27th, 2010 12:42 pm ET

Aaron, you don't know what you are talking about. Go to Venezuela, live there for a while, and then you can give an opinion. That is if you live long enough without being murdered. All he does is buy consciences, unfortunately when you are starving it's easy to have a price. I am Venezuelan and I ran away from my own country out of fear.


Chicaca   April 27th, 2010 12:48 pm ET

Twit this .... Hugo ! u nuts.... knucklehead !


manu   April 27th, 2010 12:55 pm ET

I guess he figures if Sarah Palin can twitter so can he. Ya' betcha ! (-;


LLBD   April 27th, 2010 12:56 pm ET

There's nothing good to be said about Dictators. They think they are in total control, and we should "Let" them think they are. As one other said, today he joins Twitter, tomorrow he will try to shut it down. All the comments stated here, will be the undoing. Would I follow his "tweets", NO. He's like Moammar Gadhafi – makes no sense, just sputters and spouts gibberish like Castro. So much potential, so little sense. (I feel for the people of Venezuela who have to put up with this twitterpated fool).


Jon   April 27th, 2010 12:57 pm ET

Seriously, if anyone follows him it will only be to criticize him because of how much he has messed up what used to be a beautiful, wonderful country and has turned it into a nest for corruption, violence, and fear.


Tiptop   April 27th, 2010 1:00 pm ET

He just want to continue fooling himself. Is he not tired of this his propaganda. We are waiting to fool him more.


Jose_C   April 27th, 2010 1:02 pm ET

It is amazing to read all the bunch of lies, bad oppinions and critics that people here have regarding to Chavez, considering that most of you are not currently living in Venezuela and so, most of you do not have unbiased information sources. The funny thing about all this comments is that Chavez IS the president of Venezuela, he and his followers HAVE won all eleven elections since 1998, he IS a leader of the majority of Venezuelan people (unfortunately for the opposition one vote from one ugly, dirty, poor, ignorant, dark, indigenous Chavez´s follower worth the same that one from anyone else...oh...sorry...I think that that is called DEMOCRACY) and probably he will be reelected in 2012. Like it or not, there is NOTHING that you can do about it. Venezuela´s people, and only Venezuelans have the right of choose their goverments and their destiny...If they choose wrongly or right they will suffer the consequences, just let them live in peace with his crazy nut or heroe president, they deserve it and that is their RIGHT. If you do not like it just come to Venezuela, became a Venezuelan citizen and use your vote against him, if not just shut up and avoid looking like a noisy barking dog.


manu   April 27th, 2010 1:02 pm ET

Hey Chicaca! Are you by any chance in Chicago?! jaja!!!


undedo   April 27th, 2010 1:05 pm ET

some of you people have no clue on what you are saying.. why does it matter to you that hes joining twitter, and why do you people care about his policies, do u live there? tipical american always sticking their nose were it doesnt belong, why not worry about what is going on in your own country before u speak about othe countries.. you people only go by what in the news , but have never live it, if he is such a bad president why is he still in power, cause the people voted for him, and the rich people are the one ticked off cause he's making them equal to the poor..


la chica   April 27th, 2010 1:10 pm ET

No I'm in florida, and unlike the individual named Jose above you, I'm from Venezuela, born and raise, came here for education and have family there, even people in the military who works for this ignorant named Chavez, who by the way due to fear still work for him. Jose I feel sorry for you, obviously you have no knowledge of what is happening, but it's okay, we forgive you. Perhaps you should fill the same application that Chaves has to fill in twitter as a cosigner, and may be he will get approved.
have a nice day everybody


Smitty   April 27th, 2010 1:13 pm ET

I am an American ex-pat LIVING in Venezuela. When I moved here a year and a half ago, I was willing to give Hugo Chavez a chance. Now, I can't wait to get out of this place! Crime is a daily occurance, not petty crime, but robberies and murders. In fact this past Sunday, I walked into a popular pharmacy and within 10 minutes after I left, three men came in and robbed everyone in the store, including shooting one in the leg. This happens in my middle class neighborhood on a weekly basis. Food prices have doubled in the past year, not to mention staple foods that you cannot find in any supermarket for weeks on end. Electricity and water shortages are also a daily daily or hourly problem.
Chavez' support comes from the poor and the super wealthy. Many of the wealthy have made a TON of money under Chavez. The problem is with the middle class. There is no opposition leader and many are resigned to the fact that Chavez will remain for years on end.
I cannot wait to get out of here in June. Don't be surprised if Venezuela's politics continue down the path of Cuba's and Chavez remains in power for years on end.


Maru Angarita   April 27th, 2010 1:14 pm ET

Hugo Chavez who talks for hours with no idea of how he is wasting people's time and dignity would join Twitter. So is he going to learn to write Keeping it Simple and Short?


Tim Schneck   April 27th, 2010 1:14 pm ET

Obama will be one of his tweet buddies


Jose_C   April 27th, 2010 1:23 pm ET

dear la chica..."unlike"...I was born in San Jose de Cotiza, Caracas in 1977, moved to Capaya, estado Miranda in 1980, studied in the UCV from 1995 to 2000, started to work in the Venezuelan Petroleum Company (PDVSA) in 2001, I have voted in all eleven elections since 1998 and I am still living in Venezuela and will fight for defending this land with my life if necessary...who deserve to be forgiven???


victim of democrat hypocrisy   April 27th, 2010 1:26 pm ET

When is Colombia going to take out this nutjob dictator?


RODRIGO   April 27th, 2010 1:26 pm ET

do you remenber SOMOZA en nicaragua? thast how this morron is going to end as well.


El Bori duro   April 27th, 2010 1:28 pm ET

Who cares anyways?


Tamade   April 27th, 2010 1:28 pm ET

Chavez seems to want to dominate everything. From Twitter to his dog.


RichM   April 27th, 2010 1:30 pm ET

The way this guy likes to run his mouth, Twitter is going to need a couple of extra servers.


Petey   April 27th, 2010 1:33 pm ET

I suspect Twitter will have more of an effect on Hugo Chavez than Hugo Chavez will have on Twitter.


HC21   April 27th, 2010 1:35 pm ET

I love how he announces it in such a grand fashion. Too funny. Wow, Hugo Chavez will communicate online via a popular communication website. Big deal. Do they announce every action he makes in his country? "Mr Chavez has risen from his seat to use the toilet. He is planning on being indisposed from 11:30am-12:30pm EST. He feels as this will relieve tensions in southern regions."


Fallowt   April 27th, 2010 1:35 pm ET

Chavez is loud-mouth idiot. A little Castro-wannabe. What P's me off is that he sits there and bad-mouths our country, and we still buy his lousy oil ( The US is one of a few countries who can refine Venezuela's low-grade crude). I refuse to buy gas at Citgo, which is his company. Then again, I guess we buy all of our oil from people that hate us. Chavez is small enough to stomp on, although he likes to think that Russia and Cuba will protect him.


Jerry   April 27th, 2010 1:36 pm ET

Just think; if Hitler'd had Twitter Joseph Goebbels would've been out of a job.......


HC21   April 27th, 2010 1:38 pm ET

"This just in. Mr Chavez has concluded his toilet activities in record time. He was dominant today in this activity. He has declared tensions relieved. We are planning a moment of silence in appreciation of our great presidente for this accomplishment and show of strength, at 5:00pm EST today."


felix   April 27th, 2010 1:39 pm ET

very funny, everyone saying they wont follow him, however he already has created an impact, look all the commens in just few hours. i thinkhe will break records. you guy are very smart. he is the dumb, right? no so sure now.


gaby   April 27th, 2010 1:46 pm ET

UGH! Contaminating everything he touches


sameeker   April 27th, 2010 1:46 pm ET

Can someone tell me what this guy has don to the U.S.? All I ever hear is "Chavez – bad bad". I am not being sarcastic, I really would like to know. As for the poverty in Venezuala, the class divisions are no worse then those in Saudi Arabia; however, you don't see the government waging a hate campaign against them, which they should.


Steady   April 27th, 2010 1:47 pm ET

I'd love to twitter a .50 cal round in Hugo's head. The man is destroying beautiful country.


Arturo   April 27th, 2010 1:47 pm ET

Jose you are not defending your Country you just defending your "Bozal de Arepas" now get back to work and try to be productive instead of be getting paid with MY TAXES just to read CNN.


MMS   April 27th, 2010 1:52 pm ET

My people, wake up, he does not know which way to draw the attention of the public, he is so miserable that even this has gone, you have to have a power plant to answer all the messages without their computer is off. Poor man, feel sorry.


Jose_C   April 27th, 2010 1:52 pm ET

87 comments in 3 and a half hours only in this page with chavez writting "0" twits...I agree with felix. I bet this guy will be breaking records


Suckhole   April 27th, 2010 2:00 pm ET

Twitter was created by an American, is this hypocrite sure he wants to join? I'd love to see the news piece of his reaction to being rejected by twitter.


JD   April 27th, 2010 2:08 pm ET

List of very likely followers using their real names:

Fidel Castro
Raul Castro
Daniel Ortega
Evo Morales
Rafael Correa
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Kim Jong-Il
Vladimir Putin
Carlos (The Jackal)

Other followers using a different name:
Lula Da Silva
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
Fernando Lugo
Jose Mujica
Muammar al-Gaddafi
Miguel Angel Moratinos

Add your favorites!!!


M I Dasneves   April 27th, 2010 2:13 pm ET

...and will become know as the Twit-in-Chief


Jose_C   April 27th, 2010 2:16 pm ET

jeje... Arturo...you are right, I was at lunch time, i better go back to work to make this country growth instead of being wasting my time with a bunch of looser like you.

Viva Chavez No Joda...


Guest   April 27th, 2010 2:17 pm ET

Chavez will spend a day trying to figure how to get into twitter :)
For all of those that said that he's a hero, tell that to the millions of Venezuelans that are living and working in any other place but their own country. For all of those that support Chavez, (without living in Venezuela) please educate yourself, the man and his goverment took the word CORRUPTION to another level


Eduardo   April 27th, 2010 2:19 pm ET

Fuel assistance to americans? Are you really so gullible that this alone makes you think Chavez is good for the world?

Having lived in Venezuela for 23 years, I know a little more history about what's been going on. Previous ruling coalitions were bad for the country, but nowhere near as bad as Chavez. He has destroyed whatever economy was left, placed loyal officials on all key government posts, as well as on the inside of every agency. Him and his cronies have stolen billions of the country's wealth, and managed to create thousands of useless government programs, spread more hatred than all his predecessors combined (which did so to, if unconsciously).

All his talk of being there for the people is just that, talk. Many of his statements diagnosing the problems of the country are correct, but his solutions are not - and most of the time are created to get his cronies where there's money to be had.

Free speech is not cart-blanche to talk about stuff you know nothing about.

For those of you who think this maniac is a great saviour of the people, please pack your stuff, move to Venezuela, then, after 5 years there, speak your mind. I'll respect you then. For now, you reflect poorly on America.


Me   April 27th, 2010 2:21 pm ET

Stop the presses!! /sarcasm off. This is not news. Another twit on Twitter...so what?


Norm   April 27th, 2010 2:25 pm ET

VIVA LA CHAVEZ


Carlos   April 27th, 2010 2:29 pm ET

Jose_C tenias que ser trabajador de PDVSA Viva La pepa pagado por el gobierno!!!

Muerte a Chavez No Joda!!!


Eddantes   April 27th, 2010 2:32 pm ET

So the big bully wannabe is now on Twitter, how did this gorilla bacome president of a country? who elected him president?


HAHA   April 27th, 2010 2:36 pm ET

That's awesome!! If I thought Twitter was useless before, it's now confirmed!


Mary   April 27th, 2010 2:40 pm ET

People wonder why Chavez is still in power well it’s because of people like Jose C (ignorant) people that have no education and have no idea. I’m from Venezuela and I think it’s the best country in the world but unfortunately is being governed by a monkey. I had to leave 2 years ago with all the sadness in the world and it hurts to see what this person has turned my country into.


Julia - Native American   April 27th, 2010 2:41 pm ET

He is not a bully, he got the rotten oil companies out of his country so his people would not have to live in poverty. Hugo at least cares about his people, they have health care education, aren't starving. So go live there before you judge him.


Irene   April 27th, 2010 2:46 pm ET

I am another Venezuelan that left the country with a ill husband and two little kids 11 years ago and from outside I have seen how that country is falling apart...who haven't been there for more than three days can't give an opinion of this crazy guy...I just know that I am sacrificing my kids from growing up with an awesome family thanks to Hugo Chavez...but the reality is that living in a country where there are hundreds of people dying in the streets every weekend because the criminality is not an option!


Scott   April 27th, 2010 2:48 pm ET

Funny.....he's using a system built from free market capitalism in order to promote his socialist/facist regime. And Julia (Native American)....before you judge the statements of others....have you live there yourself? I GUATANTEE that you'll disagree with your statement. And to answer your next question....yes, I've lived there. Everyone is in a state of fear. One who dsagrees with Chavez is killed. How's that for freedom?


Oscar   April 27th, 2010 2:50 pm ET

Let him join twitter so he can see that the 99% of the world thinks he is a crazy tyrant, and is against him.

Twitter should create a new "follower type" for him, the "unfollowers" or "non followers" so he can see that a stagering amount of millions that disapprove him next to his then "few followers".

I cannot wait to see the day when electric cars dominate the USA market and his oil money to buy weapons from URSS is over.

The great disgrace is that he is drying Venezuela's only major income resources out, without re-investing on them.

Poor Venezuelans, they are getting worse and worse everyday.


Mary   April 27th, 2010 2:54 pm ET

Julie (native American)how clueless you are my dear jajaja healthcare are you crazy I just want you to go and see the hospitals in Venezuela they don’t even have the basic supplies, people wait on the floor in the emergency rooms they have no syringes, so please give an opinion when you know what you are talking about. I’m from Venezuela I have seen it first hand. People have to go to 10 different supermarkets or stand in line for hours to find the basic food items, like rice, milk, sugar and that’s for those who can afford to buy them.


Carlos   April 27th, 2010 2:55 pm ET

Julia_Native American,

I am from there!!

He has done nothing to help the country. There are more children in the streets despite the ridiculous official reports! There is more crime than EVER, despite the obnoxious statements of government officials! There ARE people starving, Did you know you can't find milk or rice in supermarkets? Open your eyes!!

Chavez has brought the people a reason to HATE! and the most ignorant Venezuelans LOVE him for it!


MrBo   April 27th, 2010 2:55 pm ET

That's interesting. I thought everything from the US smelled of sulfur... I guess he doesn't mind as long as it's to his benefit!


Julia - Native American   April 27th, 2010 2:59 pm ET

Chavez, at least he cares about his people, people here had not insurance, and if they got sick, they could just die quickly, so do you have your legal papers? hope you don't live in Arizona. Good Luck


Carlos   April 27th, 2010 3:04 pm ET

Julia,

He does not care about his people... he bribes them with bottles of rum and money... All the hospitals are falling apart, so instead of fixing them he creates mision barrio adentro, which gives very poor medical attention to people... if someone is dying, they have to go to the worst hopital imaginable, I know, I've seen it with my own eyes!

You're blinded by pseudo-communist propaganda!


Mary   April 27th, 2010 3:06 pm ET

What insurance are you really ignorant, people in Venezuela don’t have insurance. Have you ever been there??????? I’m in the USA legally, Sorry to inform you that I’m pretty white with light brown hair. I can tell by your ignorance that you have not been outside the USA. Let me tell you a little secret not all Hispanics look the same…. And I’m all for the Arizona law if you are here illegally that’s crime or don’t you know your countries own laws?


Andrew P   April 27th, 2010 3:09 pm ET

And his penny/gallon gas is costing that country a fortune. He has almost no ability to refine the high sulfur thick tar-like crude oil that his country is awash in. Therefore he sends it to the US where his nationalized oil company Citco refines it. He uses US gasoline sales profits to fund his giveaway gas that he ships back to Venezuela .

Fix the problem. Stop buying Citco brand gasoline!


Lynden   April 27th, 2010 3:19 pm ET

99% of these negative comments are from people who have never been to Venezuela, and many never past the Bahamas (if that). Yet they speak with such assurance regarding 'how it is over there'. It's straight comedy. Unemployment and poverty are here so whats your point? Half of you live on credit and cant even pay your bills - can you?

Guess you prefer believing the 'truth' about Venezuela from those who sold you the bailout (dems and repubs).

People like yall deserve to be scammed.


John   April 27th, 2010 3:21 pm ET

Hey Chavez I wonder how stupid America feels now for telling you that $50 dollar cap for a barrel of oil was so stupid. hahahha....


JJ   April 27th, 2010 3:22 pm ET

Gee, another moron on twitter. Ho-fricking-hum.


John   April 27th, 2010 3:24 pm ET

Hugo is an idiot. You can't kill peoples twitter acount's.


Michael C   April 27th, 2010 3:26 pm ET

A big following?Who wants to hear what this guy has to say?He oppresses his own people, wants to silence his critics, and dictate to the world.Yeah, thats someone we need to follow. Pay him no mind, maybe if we ignore him long enough, he will go away.Just another nut, who wants people to take him seriously, while he can't do the same for them.I wonder how he will take, not being able to shut up his critics? Just another loser, trying to keep people from thinking for themselves.


javil   April 27th, 2010 3:28 pm ET

Si, las famosas redes sociales no sirven para nada mas que desinformar y meterle mas mentiras a la gente que mas da un politico mas en ellas


Brickell Princess   April 27th, 2010 3:29 pm ET

Chavez needs to communicate his message to the American people and open their eyes to realize that Capitalism is a failure. Americans need to realize that they are enslaved by the Capitalistic system and must never forget that Capitalism takes care of capital, of which you have very little. Socialism takes care of society, of which you are a part.


Nat   April 27th, 2010 3:29 pm ET

He should make his own version of Twitter and call it Twictator. He can have as many characters as he damn well wants or heads will roll, literally. Everyone automatically follows him and the penalty of unfollowing is torture and death or death, followed by torture. The trending topic will always be Everyone else in the world is wrong and I am right, so there. Once he's setting up Twictator he's going to overthrow World of Warcraft and call it Hugo's World. He also leaked the new iPhone.


Canela   April 27th, 2010 3:30 pm ET

Increible! Pilas con este loco, a lo mejor le da por demandar y acaba con todo! Este es un loco de cuidado, Con tal que no se meta en Colombia, por que sino los sacamos a palo!


Rick   April 27th, 2010 3:30 pm ET

Perfect! Another Twit on Twitter.


Carlos   April 27th, 2010 3:35 pm ET

Lynden,

The only scam is the one happening in your head... Nice name you got there... I doubt it was given by Venezuelan parents. It is you who doesn't know what it's like down there. I'd like to see you take a deep breath of tear gas once and see how you feel about Hugo Chavez, in his own words "gas del bueno". 99% please...

Pana, no seas becerro, mudate para Venezuela si te parece tan buena la vaina!


Paul   April 27th, 2010 3:36 pm ET

Chavez on twitter should be amusing.

He's the crack monkey of politics, and now impulses will go straight from brain to fingers to the world stage.


Accuteknj   April 27th, 2010 3:44 pm ET

I can stop laughing reading this about this JERK, who is gonna teach him how to twit?.......The guy is nothing but a control freak on his way out, Nicaragua has started a process to get rid of his control over the crooked politicians serving his needs along with Ortega. Honduras taught him a lesson in how not to meddle in other Country's affairs. down with Chavez, down with his so called new Socialism rules....HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHHA


Amigo   April 27th, 2010 3:45 pm ET

Chavez has done A LOT for Venezuela. He changed the clock by 30 minutes, knocked three zeros off the currency, and devalued it recently in a "revaluatory" way. Don't underestimate him. His power base is in the poor whose votes can be purchased for a little rice, sugar, chicken, coffee...you know all of those things that were nationalized so now you can't find them in the stores. Water and electricity are rationed. It is dangerous to go out during the day, much less at night. He imprisons whoever speaks against him. Oh, and Jose, PDVSA doesn't pay their bills, do they?


Seth   April 27th, 2010 3:56 pm ET

Many of the economic problems Venezuela faces have been caused by the efforts of the United States to destabilize the country. Chavez is a mortal enemy to the people who own Bush, Obama and the U.S. media. The very idea that a nation's wealth should be used to benefit its people instead of the wealthy is a threat to that plutocracy.


Bubba   April 27th, 2010 4:04 pm ET

He will be the turd in the punchbowl of Twitter.


Amigo   April 27th, 2010 4:07 pm ET

Uhhhh Seth, Chavez has been in office for quite some time now...at some point, he has to be held accountable. The economic problems have a lot more to do with trying to buy influence and weapons with the oil weath while destroying private enterprise. How are all of these new Socialist companies doing? See any of them producing anything? I didn't think so. Let's see, how many wars exactly has Venezuela fought? One? Yes that's correct. So why the need to purchase all the weapons instead of provide for his own people? Chavez's mortal enemy is the truth and that is why he is going out of his way to stamp out any expression of dissenting points of view.


Mary   April 27th, 2010 4:09 pm ET

Seth OMG ignorance, ignorance!!. Have you been in Venezuela???? By your comment I’m guessing the answer is NO. So don’t give an opinion about something you don’t know anything about. Please be my guess and go to Venezuela and then give me your opinion on the matter.


Hugo Chavez to join Twitter, Ozzie Guillen may or may not be concerned | Frumpzilla: Sports, Entertainment and Social Commentary from Unprofessional, Highly Irresponsible Sources   April 27th, 2010 4:11 pm ET

[...] Venezuelan President, former Bolivian revolutionary, all-around fun guy - has announced he's joining Twitter, which probably catapults him immediately to the number two spot amongst prominent Venezuelan [...]


Wil Forte   April 27th, 2010 4:15 pm ET

Hey, CNN. I thought I'd let you know that I JUST sign up for Twitter just a few minutes ago.


BDR   April 27th, 2010 4:17 pm ET

While I respect other countries and their right so self-determination, something has to be said about the fact that Venezuela is one of the ONLY countries in the world whose GDP is DECREASING!!! That said, he can't be doing a great job with his economy


Don't fool yourselves   April 27th, 2010 4:20 pm ET

I am a Venezuelan, and I must say I am deeply sorry that I will immigrate to another country soon. The situation is horrible; inhuman. As much as I love my country I must be completely honest, there is no future, no hope. Anyone who is saying he is by all matters a good president is wrong. He has done few things that are admirable, but has destroyed a country in no longer than his present 11 years. I am tired of people believing his lies, and creating a perfect picture of what is going on. I want you to come here and see what is really happening. You will be amused, are you aware of all the people that die every week on average? At least 100 through out the country, I had not water for over 2 days, you can no longer find new automobiles to purchase. Prices are extremely high and salaries are insufficient. do I have to go on? Why are we not doing anything about it, we have decided to give up so soon. This is a beautiful country, with kind people and gorgeaus landscapes, unfortunately nobody wants to come here because they will be shot and killed. Taxis are no completely secure sometimes, honestly it's not worth thinking about.


Hugo Chavez   April 27th, 2010 4:25 pm ET

I plan to take over twitter just as soon as my country gets internet service!


George Bush   April 27th, 2010 4:28 pm ET

Good luck getting Al Gore to build you an internet.


Walt   April 27th, 2010 4:30 pm ET

And why is this newsworthy? Because the left leaning CNN has admirers of Chavez within the confines of their organization.


mikeds   April 27th, 2010 4:34 pm ET

I think he is great. Good for him!!!


jean   April 27th, 2010 4:40 pm ET

agree with Carlos_C's earlier comment. As much as we might not like the guy he is an elected, legitimate, leader and there's not much we can do about it. Just like the poor people of Iraq couldn't do anything about George W Bush being prez when he invaded their country (only somehow that seems worse than anything Chavez has done so far).


ortizimo   April 27th, 2010 4:50 pm ET

Aaron...you're a moron


galaviz   April 27th, 2010 5:20 pm ET

Many in my family have had their pensions looted after life times of loyal work. They have had property siezed by squaters because they could not pay to have the law enforced. This was all before Chavez. Coruption and abuse allowed this fool to sieze power just as Castro and Hitler before him. When he is if finally overcome please remember how he got there and accept nothing less than real democracy for everyone for the richest, most beautiful land in the world.


giokar   April 27th, 2010 5:20 pm ET

It is amazing how popular he is (Comments posted) and has not even started to tweet... LOL!!! Oh! well.


Twitter–Everone’s Doing It. « The Blog Hawgs   April 27th, 2010 5:34 pm ET

[...] Posted by Adam Butler on April 27, 2010 No, really, everyone–including dictators Presidents, like Venezuela's Hugo Chavez–is Tweeting. [...]


murfmeister   April 27th, 2010 5:36 pm ET

He must be hanged to death in front of his own people, despite the good or bad comments regarding the deeds that he has done or not, no human being should starved or be mugged, life is too hard, we work very hard to accomplish are goals, so that a puppet does whatever he wants with his oil, Can you imagine what venezuela would be without the oil?...I can't even picture that...I hope god takes care of him in his final jury...2 fingers!!!!


Go Hugo!   April 27th, 2010 5:37 pm ET

Aaron is the right one here folks!
...And you know I'm sure Hugo has his many faults just like all leaders and politicians, and I'm sure Venezuela has many problems too as some nationals here have posted, what country doesnt have problems? I would argue that Venezuela is looking pretty damn good! Mainly when compared to the rest of South America. Where has it been safe, where has things been good down there? Columbia? Brazil? You can be robbed and kidnapped in practically all those countries,Venezuela is actually not too bad under Hugo.
Besides like it or not, alot of what he says, in particular regarding US actions are seemingly fairly accurate. I would love to read what he has to say unfiltered and uncensored by our North American media.


loki   April 27th, 2010 5:38 pm ET

The USA is to blame for Hugo Chavez! If it wasn't for Corporate hit men you wouldn't even know his name! Thanks to corporate hit men Hugo set out to free his people from the Corporate American greed that took over the Venezuelan economy! Now that he took out the coruption of corporate business there is no money left! Pick your posion!


MMS   April 27th, 2010 5:39 pm ET

I'm just thinking right now after reading these messages my friends, what about if he is into all this to erase our email from the system. We have to becareful, the way how he closed all the comunications in Venezuela, like Radio, TV and others, maybe he is the head of all this to erased our email address and personal information, he has all the money that has been stealing from our poor people and he may pay to somebody to do it, of course, he doesn't know how to turn the computer on. That ignorant monkey.


Mary   April 27th, 2010 5:58 pm ET

For all the Americans that think that HUgo Chavez is so great, please go to Venezuela, and see for yourself what he is doing to my country, please go you all complain about the USA and how it’s so horrible, that Bush was horrible that Obama is worst, blablabla please go to Venezuela. On a regular weekend about 40 people are killed in the capital city, less people are killed in Iraq and there is a war there. Please go so you can experience the supermarket tours that you have to take to find milk, rice, sugar please go... And then you can give an opinion on how great Chavez is....


sameeker   April 27th, 2010 6:02 pm ET

I will make my point again. Chavez is no different than the leaders of Saudi Arabia. The people there live under apalling poverty and dictatorial rule by islamic clerics (thugs for the Saud family). The only difference is taht chavez did not finance a terror attack against the U.S.? I still don't see what he has done to us besides peeving off some major corporations.


Sergio   April 27th, 2010 6:06 pm ET

I´ve read so many dull opinions of Chavez being a dictator, and this and that. In the meantime most americans don´t realize the joke of a president they have when it comes to dealing with the deep economical problems they have at home.Wake up people, the ones that are worst of in this world are only the americans which ignorantly walk strong onto their own deathbeds.

I ask, who are you to criticize other governments when you let yourselves be conned by your leaders while they blabber about freedoms.


Blogson   April 27th, 2010 6:17 pm ET

Most of what Americans hear about Chavez has been generated by the U.S. we-want-to-rule-the-world-by-capitalism propaganda machine. Because of that many U.S. people have closed minds. Venezuela's huge class divide has been perpetuated by the country's elite (privileged and wealthy) and by U.S. interventions and broadcast propaganda, while Chavez has worked, with varying degrees of success and failure, to elevate the mass of impoverished. The U.S. has actively engaged in attempting to destabililse the Chavez government, committing acts which we would not tolerate ourselves. If Chavez joins Twitter people who wish hopefully can read what he says and stands for without the usual American news media and Wall St./Big Oil spin.


Viva La Twitt!   April 27th, 2010 6:36 pm ET

Good.

Maybe this will run out all them geeks out of Twitter and eventually do society, the world a favor and close out that pablum, tech-fad, soc.ial class-tech nonsense we know of as Twitter.


mike   April 27th, 2010 7:37 pm ET

It is nice that the man does donate oil to poor people in America. It is horrifying that the man uses fear to advance his political goals. "America will invade! Now watch as I buy all these weapons from Russia for security! Now lets hold a vote to get rid of my term limits, because only I can protect you!" He also shuts down media that opposes him. This behavior is shameful. But if he's online, maybe people can see how wrong he is.


Robert Morris   April 27th, 2010 8:54 pm ET

I lived in Colombia as a child and went to public school and visited Venezuela countlessless times and spent time in Ecuador even more we were taught a great deal of respect for the Venezuelan El Libertador Simon Bolivar, truly a great man that HATED DICTATORS and also Despised men that would enforce their will upon the poor and defenceless with their bribes and wealth or by sheer violence and intimidation, El Libertador's death in Colombia was truly a sad moment in the history of La Gran Colombia,(Venezuela, Colombia,Ecuador) which is what he died for in Los Patallanos(Colombia) Regardless of the highjacking of the great memory of El Libertador by the Despot Hugo Chaves, he knows that he's exactly the very Tirano that Simon Bolivar hated and by the way Cerdo Chaves don't forget that El LIbertador still wanted to be buried in Colombia
Chaves Usurpador Hijo de la gran Ramera con el propio SATANAS


de Guatemala   April 27th, 2010 8:55 pm ET

ES GORDO Y FEO COMO LA PIÑA NORIEGA Y MERECE LO MISMO. UNA ESTADIA LARGA EN EL CARCEL. HE IS A PSYCOPATH JUST LIKE NORIEGA.


jimmy   April 27th, 2010 10:06 pm ET

I see 99% of the comments either ape AP or slam Aaron. I love this last comment from de G in Spanish where he is criticized for being fat and ugly. This never stops you sycophants from crawling up Dick Cheney's.


Rolando   April 27th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

Definitely un maricon!!


jimmy   April 27th, 2010 10:10 pm ET

And Roloando: "a maricon!" You people are ripe.


jimmy   April 27th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

Another example above from ortizi mo: "Aaron...you're a moron." I just love a good debate. Want is next? "No, you are a bigger moron!"?


Kat   April 27th, 2010 11:27 pm ET

I hope SNL creates a decent skit of this.


Al Gore   April 27th, 2010 11:40 pm ET

I invented the internet, and Chavez... I will take it away.. Oh, wait.. yall dont havey no internet yet... duh.... what was I thinking.. I will get you internet, if you go green... . lollololololololololololololol


Robert Morris   April 27th, 2010 11:55 pm ET

Oh Jimmy Jimmy
You do realize that at least the people that lived under Dick Chenney had a choice of voting his fat ass out of power? how many more decades of corruption, subjugation, poverty and fear must the Well Fed, Greasy and Rich Dictator Hugo Chaves put his naton through?
He spent $5 Billion of the peoples money for second rate Russian weapons that are utter junk, you didn't think they were going to sell him weapons that they pray, could barely put up a fight for Russia from an all out onslaught from the West do ya? as we say in Latin America" El Cerdo esta listo"
And stop using Simon Bolivar as your hero Hugo, you are not even fit to pick up the manure the El Libertadors white horse droped, not even with you bare hands


Guillermo   April 28th, 2010 12:31 am ET

Aaron, you certainly re as ignorant as the fewer people that follow him. "He is a hero"? That's why thousands of people leave the country every day. I am Venezuelan, and had to leave my country and family behind because of the chaos this idiot has brought. The corruption level of this government is far bigger than any other previous government. The majority of the people in Venezuela doesn't support him, but they pretend to keep their jobs. So no, he is not a hero. He is a straight tyrant!!!


Sergio   April 28th, 2010 1:09 am ET

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! LMAO!


Katherine, SC   April 28th, 2010 2:13 am ET

Bubinski! PLEASE! You are insulting the memory of Napoleon (who was actually an extremely intelligent man, and did a lot of good for his
country, until he got out-of-control with the Empire stuff)!!


Kerri   April 28th, 2010 7:37 am ET

He's just trying to see how much he can lie to get the rest of the world to believe him.


Tdesigner   April 28th, 2010 8:43 am ET

This dude does 4 to 5 hour live TV transmissions... how he plans to go into 140 chars? However, sometimes he doesn't make sense of what he says, or sounds plain delusional, retarded, or both... that he can and probably will do with 140 characters. Actually, he doesn't need that much, does he?


Lucho   April 28th, 2010 9:53 am ET

Say what you say, some ppl will follow his tweets and what not. but i think what really, what really scares most of you in this site, is that he will be followed, like in real life, like, like it or not, like he has a following, a following that willl take to the streets. do a little research, educate yo selves, read read read. the man is loved the world over.

Excuse me, that will be Loved with a capital L as my english teacher has me believing.

Patria Socialista. Hasta La Victoria, yep, Siempre.


paul   April 28th, 2010 11:10 am ET

First tweet............ " one ring to rule them all! "


maruji   April 28th, 2010 11:12 am ET

Hahaha...The comments here are funny!! Specially the one about him been ugly. Yes, he is ugly, he talks ugly, he thinks ugly... I am having a good time reading all these comments.

Nobody who have leaved in Venezuela and is not connected with the government will think Chavez is a beloved and smart president. He is the worst uneducated political leader South America has seen in long time. Hs actions are just wrong and non-sense. The country is destroyed.


Dave   April 28th, 2010 11:49 am ET

I'm puzzled at the comments calling Chavez a dictator. Chavez is not a dictator, he is an elected president. Also re-elected, and more popular than the opponents who stood against him. Comments saying that he is a twit, and idiot, incapable of expressing himself in 140 characters, or a bad president, or complaining about food shortages, inefficient government etc.. , it's all a matter of opinion.
But mistakenly calling an elected president a dictator is just factually wrong.


jonc   April 28th, 2010 12:07 pm ET

As crazy as he is, it will be an enormous historical event. Imagine if Hitler was on Twitter. To have their memoirs not only while they are alive, but in real time will be amazing. I know he is cracked, but this is historic.


Jenks   April 28th, 2010 12:15 pm ET

From what we gather from outside the United States comrade Chavez is hugely popular in the Americas and is sure to get a huge following. I am sure folks will take a different view of this chap once communism sinks in properly. He might even become as popular with the masses as Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.


Aaron   April 28th, 2010 2:25 pm ET

Hugo Chavez is not only hero in his country but he's gonna save Venezuela from capitalism. In a few years, his reforms are going to work and for the first time, communism is actually going to work! He is probably Jesus in disguise – the second coming of Jesus Christ...happening now...in Venezuela!


Jack   April 28th, 2010 2:26 pm ET

Chavez, the best president in Venezuelan history! He's been giving free health care to the Venezuelan people since 1999. The U.S. are just trying this year (2010) to give free health care to the U.S. citizens.

Its really necessary that Chavez joins Twitter so he can break the media blockade. The international media, like CNN and BBC, do not say anything good he does for the poor in Venezuela. They just attack him constantly.


Aaron   April 28th, 2010 2:38 pm ET

To all the critics of St. Hugo Chavez...and to all those who critcized me (read above), I say that Hugo Chavez will be canonized because of the good deads he's doing to his people. Free health care, free oil, nationalized industry...truly a communist state as envisioned by Nikolai Lenin (oi, the USA nearly had another civil ware when Obama tried to pass his healthcare reform...hehehehehe). For the first time, communism actually works. And long after he's gone, people will continue to pray and ask good things from St. Hugo.....St. Hugo Chavez!


Robert Morris   April 28th, 2010 3:43 pm ET

Aaron you are quite correct about canonizing El Cerdo Chaves and of course not to break with tradition, the Clergy has a centuries long history both in SouthAmerica, Europe and the world at large of becoming extremely RICH of the back of the poor and uneducated. You have read about the Church burning people at the stake for the "sin" of reading the Bible? or for expressing different views other than the Decrees of the Pope? I don't imagine you would think that Dictator Chaves, finding" tax problems" and closing down Newspapers,Radiostations and TV chanels that have different points of view other than his amounts to the same thing? .... ha ha Truly you are a provincial moron


Tdesigner   April 28th, 2010 3:48 pm ET

Lemme see... Caracas is one of the unsafest places in the planet... electricity is more frequently gone than working... food is scarce in a country with lots of productive land now being wasted... the economy is in shambles... those that can leave the country do... and Aaron thinks that Chavez is a saint... yeah right, Venezuela is great and Chavez is a saint. Oh, Arron, by the way, I'm Venezuelan, an I'm being sarcastic... not unlike you being delusional by calling Chavez a saint.


alfonrock   April 28th, 2010 4:31 pm ET

Yo te sigo Chavez!!! eres el fiel representante de Bolívar, Patriarca de nuestra tierra, liberador de Latinoamérica y Fiel Sirviente de los pobres!!! Yo me adhiero a ti, a una latinoamérica más justa, más humana, más socialista!! LARGA VIDA A CHAVEZ!!!


Jack   April 28th, 2010 4:43 pm ET

Long live Hugo Chavez! He is the new messenger of God. The Jesus of the 21st century. He has made the blind to see (misión Milagro), the paralitic men to walk (mision Jose Gregorio Hernandez), He has multiplied the bread (mision Mercal y PDVAL), he has distribuited the wealth from the oil industry among the poor (housing for the poor). Long live, the holy and great Hugo Chávez.


Robert Morris   April 28th, 2010 5:22 pm ET

Alfonrock, no te olvides tambien que nuestro verdadero Libertador nunca forzo su opinion dentro de las gargantas de el pueblo pobre e indefenzo,En verdad eres tan idiota en pensar que El Senor General Simon Bolivar aprobaria en mal gastar el dinero de el pueblo en regalos a paises, que estan en el otro extremo de el mundo y que no tienen nada que ver con nosotros,simplemente porque ellos le dicen lo que quiere oir? Tu y yo sabemos perfectamente que Simon Bolivar lucho por la libertad de hablar,derechos humanos y sobre todo detestava que el Rey dictaba a todos nosotros, lo que teniamos que leer,oir y pensar,El Tirano Chaves sabe muy bien cuando se mira al espejo que el es EXACTAMENTE el Cerdo que El Libertador DETESTABA , Chaves !!!!NUNCA!!!! sera Simon Bolivar


matt   April 28th, 2010 5:30 pm ET

tweet this (_).(_) hugo


mcbo   April 28th, 2010 7:37 pm ET

Jose tenias que ser un chavizta de mierda...


jimmy   April 28th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

Aaron and Jack and others.
Thanks for bearing the berating of the lovers el capitalismo here. These are the ones who think Cuba should be free like Haiti and are praying for another Pinochet election. They talk a lot of democracy, but appear to think in terms of one-dolllar-one-vote.


jimmy   April 28th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

And alfonrock, I prefer your formulation, serviente de los pobres, to Jack's messenger of God. Personalities aside, though, I appreciate any opinion that does not merely ape Fox. Fox pays their lairs. The ones posting here appear to be volunteers!


Angie   April 28th, 2010 10:49 pm ET

Welcome to the Web President & Commander, We follow you, help you and defend your principals which are our own.

Bienvenido a la Web Comandante Presidente, le seguimos, le ayudamos y defendemos sus principios los cuales son los nuestros.

God Bless.
Dios lo Bendiga.
Angie


Franko   April 29th, 2010 6:08 am ET

Hugo Chavez is improving his listening skills,
Maybe he will get a lot of good suggestions.


juan   April 29th, 2010 10:48 am ET

poor chavez he does not know what he's doing hahahah he is an idiot ingnorant i feel bad for my country


Fred   April 29th, 2010 12:39 pm ET

Great. One more lunatic hits the Internet.


Mike in NJ   April 29th, 2010 1:46 pm ET

I can't wait to hear about his next concert, what he decided to wear today, and the texture of his latest "creation".


Jack   April 29th, 2010 5:05 pm ET

Long live Hugo Chavez!

He is Jesus inside a man. The helper of the poor.


juan   April 30th, 2010 2:14 am ET

Listen people I live in venezuela and chavez is the best thing that has ever happened to this country before chavez the other goverments only followed and supported the richer and higher class while more than 80% of the population was dying of hunger now with chavez only 17% of the venezuelan population is considered poor, that is why chavez has been the president of venezuela for more than 10 years and he will be until he dies! Chavez has full support of venezuela! Of 13 elections done in his goverment he has won 12 . Do you need more democratical proff?? Chavez has beet all of the elction records in the countrie he has received more votes than any other president in venezuela. What's the problem? That uper class of venezuela who think theire words have more value than everybody elses! Chavez did not close a tv station! That's all lies from the media owned by that upper class! What happened to RCTV station... Its simple its broadcasting persmission was dated until 2008 and its permission was not renovated because there was prove of bad use and manipulation of the information... They transmited things like venezuela is in crisis... You should all stay at your homes or the police wiil have no mercy and shoot to kill... When everything was really normal... To those people who live outside of venezuela don't believe in the media and look for facts! Bellieve in me :)

Sincierly:
A citizen of the middle class in VENEZUELA (ps: sorry for my bad english hehe)


Maria   April 30th, 2010 12:46 pm ET

Mr. Juan, I live in Venezuela too and really I´m amazed to read your words.
If for you is perfectly normal that the delinquency is exceeded, that we have political prisoners (and don´t know if in the bubble that you live, you know that Oswaldo Alvarez Paz is in jail for a month an a half now, just for express an opinion that the world is aware of), if for you is ok that RCTV is closed and more than 1.200 people lost their jobs...then that explains a lot of why a country like us has a president like Chavez, because he and everyone who follows him what you have is a big resentment. You want everyone to be and had the same but in the poor way, not to grow but to go down.
God help us the day people like you open your eyes and leave the bubble you have been living in.
Sincerely,
A citizen of the middle class in VENEZUELA who wants to continue been middle class, not poor like Chavez and people with resentments like you wants


JP   April 30th, 2010 12:49 pm ET

this could turn into something very very amusing, i hope mr chavez takes it lightly and shows that he is a bit human


Carlos   April 30th, 2010 7:54 pm ET

Makes no sense.... Twitter was made by the "Yankees", and this clown hates everything related to the yankees....


Jose Tendero   May 2nd, 2010 11:13 am ET

Chavez has sent Venezuela to the lowest and darkest place a country can be. He is harmful to the region. If Venezuela was poorly managed before him. Now is much worse. An oil producing country with not enough energy, and in poverty except for those in power. That is Socialism.


Jose Tendero   May 2nd, 2010 11:22 am ET

Chavez has mortgaged Venezuela to Cuba. The Cubans are ruling Venezuela. Great future!! for a country.
Follow the example of the Cuban economy = bankruptcy, and loss of freedom.


Miguel Camacho   May 6th, 2010 12:32 am ET

Check this out, SO GOOD...

A Venezuelan Company creates a page to view who's gonna be the first Venezuelan person to get 250k followers http://bit.ly/aUxBlW between Chavez and Luis Chataing (an actor)


Miguel Camacho   May 6th, 2010 12:32 am ET

http://www.250mil.com heres the address for the previous comment


IN FRISCO   May 19th, 2011 11:59 am ET

HUGO IS LIKE A SPOILED CHINESE , FAT , AND UNEDUCATED KID , AND IS LOOKING FOR A BATTLE THAT ISNT THERE ! EXCEPT HES VENEZULAS PRESIDENTAL RETARD ........FOOK EM.


jose constanzo   April 29th, 2012 9:00 pm ET

TO ME AND THE WORLD HUGO CHAVEZ IS A SAVIOR OF THE POOREST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.... HIS BEST WISH IS HAPPYNESS FOR HUMANITY. WITHOUT CHAVEZ AND SO MANY OTHERS LEADERS THE WORLD WOULD HAVE ALREADY ENDED.

POLITITIANS LIKE BARACK OBAMA AND AND SO MANY OTHERS TERRORISTS ..... THIS WORLD WOULD HAVE SIMPLY BLOWN OUT LIKE AN ATOMIC BOMB..........

HUMANITY DESERVE TO SURVIVE... BUT WE WILL NOT ..... BECAUSE LEADERS LIKE BUSH AND OBAMA STILL MANAGE THIS WORLD.


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