March 5, 2013
Death By Slideshow: Hugo Chavez RIP
If you haven’t had the chance to look at many of the Chavez slideshows, that now-institutionalized online news ritual for marking a famous passing, we’ve summarized them for you:
1. The people are upset.
2. He wasn’t always fat.
3. He was an enormous Bolívar fan:
4.The man loved hats and the color red.
5. He was close with a lot of bad guys.
6. He was quite religious.
7. Pretty entertaining, he was just a tad too aggressive.
8. He wasn’t afraid of getting wet.
Finally, blame it on all those photography budget cuts perhaps, for an image of the death announcement, CNN takes a picture of CNN:
(Interesting caption by the way. She’s not grieving, she’s just “adjusting the television.”)
(photos 1 & 2 – captions/credits intact. photo 3: Fernando Llano/Associated Press caption: Mr. Chávez unveiled a portrait of Simón Bolívar, the mercurial Venezuelan aristocrat who led South America’s 19th-century wars of independence, at the presidential palace in Caracas in July 2012. Inspired by Bolívar, Mr. Chávez sought to unite the region and erode Washington’s influence.photo 4: Egilda Gomez/Associated Press caption: Hundreds of people were trapped in their homes by mudslides and high waters in December 1999. Mr. Chávez briefed paratroopers on the rescue mission at Maiquetia International Airport. photo 5: Jorge Rey / Associated Press / March 5, 2013 caption: Chavez and Cuban President Fidel Castro speak with reporters minutes before Chavez left for Jamaica at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport on Aug. 23, 2005. The day before, U.S. religious broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested that American agents assassinate Chavez to stop his country from becoming “a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism.” photo 6: AFP/Getty Images caption: Aug. 10, 2000. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein drives his car with Chavez in the passenger’s seat in Baghdad. Chavez arrived in Iraq from Iran and was the first head of state to visit Iraq since the 1991 Persian Gulf War. photo 7: Credit: Juan Barreto/Agence France-Presse — Getty Imagescaption: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran with Mr. Chávez in Caracas in January 2012. Mr. Chávez was one of Tehran’s biggest supporters in Latin America.)(photo 8: Reuters caption: May 17, 2006. Chavez is welcomed by Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi as he is flanked by his daughter Rosa Virginia and her son Manuel in Tripoli, Libya. Miraflores Palace.photo 9: Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images / March 5, 2013 caption: Chavez makes a gesture of prayer as he speaks of President George W. Bush, whom he referred to as “the devil” during his address to the 61st session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York in September 2006. “Yesterday, the devil came here,” he said of Bush, who was there give a speech. “And it smells of sulfur still today.” photo 10: Fernando Llano / Associated Press / March 5, 2013 caption: Chavez holds two pistols that he said belonged to Venezuela’s independence hero Simon Bolivar. Chavez held a ceremony on July 24, 2012, at Miraflores Palace marking the 229th anniversary of Bolivar’s birth. Bolivar is the namesake of Chavez’s socialist “Bolivarian Revolution.”photo 11: Juan Barreto / AFP/Getty Images / October 4, 2012 caption: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez delivers a speech during his campaign closure rally in Caracas last fall.. photo 12: Jorge Silva/Reuters caption: Mr. Chávez during a campaign rally last year. Determined to hold onto power, he grew obsessed with changing Venezuela’s laws and regulations to ensure that he could be re-elected indefinitely and be able to rule by decree at times.)