Chavez, Castro, Putin: Four more years!

Chavez, Castro, Putin: Four more years!

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, right, and Russia’s  Prime Minister Vladimir Putin find time for a chat during a welcoming ceremony  at Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, April 2, 2010.   Photo Credit:AP

The latest  [dictator] to publicly announce his support for the commander-in-chief’s  reelection bid was Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, who this week assured he’d vote for  Obama if he were from the United States. The America-bashing strongman made the  announcement on state-owned television, saying “Obama is a good guy” and that if  Obama was from Caracas, he’d surely return the favor by voting for Chavez.
Earlier in the year the government-official daughter of Cuban military  dictator Raul Castro proclaimed her country’s support for Obama during a visit  to the U.S. “I believe that Obama needs another opportunity and he needs greater  support to move forward with his projects and with his ideas, which I believe  come from the bottom of his heart,” Mariela Castro said during a cable news  interview. …
That brings us to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who has  eliminated most elections in his country, monopolized all major media and  destroyed the political party system. … In a letter to a major newspaper, the  president of a group dedicated to expanding freedom around the world points out  that under Putin there has been an “across-the-board crackdown on civil  society.” The piece goes on to ask: “Will Obama stand up against Putin’s  abuses?” Unlikely, now that the Russian dictator has extended his endorsement.
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