20.9.06

President Hugo Chavez Calls the Devil the Devil

Chavez Launches Bush Broadside at U.N.:

'Yesterday, the devil came here,' Chavez said, referring to Bush's address before the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. 'Right here. Right here. And it smells of sulfur still today, this table that I am now standing in front of.'

He then made the sign of the cross, brought his hands together as if praying and looked up at the ceiling.

Lest anyone wasn't listening, Chavez continued:

'Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world. Truly. As the owner of the world,' Chavez said.

Chavez's words drew tentative giggles at times from the audience, but also applause at the end of the speech and when he called Bush the devil - a word he used no fewer than eight times.

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