About Face

Chavez Warms Up to Obama

Hugo Chavez was belligerent when President Obama first arrived, comparing him to President Bush, but the Venezuelan president seems to have had a change of heart. "He is a man with good intentions; he has immediately eliminated Guantánamo prison, and that should be applauded," Chavez said in a televised speech yesterday. "I am very happy and the world is happy that this young president has arrived ... (we) welcome the new government and we are filled with hope.” Chavez may have been taking his cues from Fidel Castro, who earlier this week praised Obama’s “noble intentions.”