A royal ‘Shut up’ for Chavez

November 14, 2007 at 3:54 pm 2 comments

Can’t world leaders even pretend to be polite?

King Juan Carlos of Spain told Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to shut up this past weekend during a Latin American and Iberian leadership summit. Chavez has sought an apology from the king.

A parallel in the United States might be then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush using profanity to describe a New York Times reporter in 2000. There are differences; Bush was a candidate for president at the time, and was not speaking in the role of a head of state, elected or titular.

Still, the Chavez-Juan Carlos flap, and the Bushism that preceded it seven years ago, show that those who lead a nation, and those who hope to lead it, must display the restraint that befits the dignity and responsibility of their office.

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  • 1. jonolan  |  November 14, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Yes they should be polite. The little Iranian lapdog – or is it Hezbollah lapdog? – should never have interrupted a speech by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

    You can’t really blame the King for reprimanding Chavez for his uncouth and only marginally civilized behavior.

  • 2. Carp  |  November 15, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    Dignity?

    These men are politicians. They lost any manner of dignity years ago. If they had any dignity, self restraint, or human decency left, they would have been prevented from ever having come to power in the first place.

    Politicians have all the dignity of common farm swine.

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