I wonder if Hugo Chavez did a happy dance?
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP)
— From Caracas to Havana to La Paz, President Barack Obama’s
re-election victory was welcomed with a sigh of relief by many on Latin
America’s left, though others cautioned that the U.S. leader had not
made the region a priority during his crisis-buffeted first term and was
unlikely to do so in a second.
In Cuba, state-run news website CubaSi called the outcome a victory
for the lesser of two evils, saying: “U.S. elections: the worst one did
“The news of Barack Obama’s triumph in yesterday’s general elections
in the United States was received with some relief and without great
optimism,” CubaSi wrote.
On the streets of Caracas, some said they worried that a win by
Republican Mitt Romney would have brought a much harder line against
leftist leaders such as their own President Hugo Chavez, and that they
hoped another four-year term for Obama would bring relatively peaceful
U.S.-Latin American ties.
“The other guy would have cut off relations with Venezuela,” said
Cesar Echezuria, a street vendor selling newspapers emblazoned with
front-page photos of Obama celebrating. “It would have been a disaster
for Venezuela if Obama had lost.”
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