Bushadministrationens bailout har fått Hugo Chavez i Venezuela att betrakta Bush som en socialistisk kamrat. McClatchy News skriver följande i en artikel:
They don't call him President Bush in Venezuela anymore.
Now he's known as "Comrade."
No one in Latin America has been making more hay of Bush's turnabout than Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, a self-proclaimed socialist who is the U.S.'s biggest headache in the region.
"If the Venezuelan government, for example, approves a law to protect consumers, they say, 'Take notice, Chavez is a tyrant!'" Chavez said in one of his recent weekly television shows.
"Or they say, 'Chavez is regulating prices. He is violating the laws of the marketplace.' How many times have they criticized me for nationalizing the phone company? They say, 'The state shouldn't get involved in that.' But now they don't criticize Bush for having nationalize . . . the biggest banks in the world. Comrade Bush, how are you?"
The audience laughed and Chavez continued.
"Comrade Bush is heading toward socialism."
That certainly isn't the view of the Bush administration, which sees the government plan to buy toxic mortgages and the takeover of a major insurance company as well as two huge mortgage lenders as distasteful but necessary temporary measures to right the listing U.S. economy and prevent a worldwide depression.
Med tanke på att Chavez för två år sedan kallade Bush för Djävulen inför FN:s generalförsamling, så måste ordet "kamrat" (även i dess socialistiska betydelse) ändå vara bättre :)