Avoiding eye contact with everyone, I nodded carefully when one man turned to me and said something that ended in Obama bien, eh? I was rescued when tuxedoed butlers came to take us into the next room for breakfast, revealing an ornate dining table opposite a crowded buffet, all framed by giant abstract paintings and two huge silver candlesticks like in a scene from The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. A democratic socialist who enacted massively popular programs to fight poverty and improve the living conditions of his people, Chvez has also passed constitutional reforms that centralized power and allowed him an 18-month period of rule by decree.
BREAKFAST AT HUGO'S Tim Fernholz The American Prospect; Apr 2009; 20, 3; Docstoc pg. 6 Reproduced with permission of the copy
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