The two presidents met on cordial terms at the Americas Summit on Friday.
Wired PR News – President Barack Obama and Venezuela president Hugo Chavez greeted each other cordially at the Americas Summit on Friday. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the two shook hands as they met for the first time.
An official is quoted by the AP as stating of the meeting, “It was very, very short…The president shook his hand, smiled and then went back to his position in the line.”
As noted in the report, Chavez had strongly criticized the United States during the administration of former president George W. Bush. Chavez is quoted as stating of the encounter initiated by President Obama, “We shook each other’s hands like gentlemen, and it was predictable this would happen…We don’t have any complexes that would prevent us from extending our hands to each other. I’m grateful for his gesture.”
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