William Ayers travelled to Venezuela and spoke at the World Education Forum in November 2006. His comments began and ended with this [emphasis mine]:
President Hugo Chavez, Vice-President Vicente Rangel, Ministers Moncada and Isturiz, invited guests, comrades. I’m honored and humbled to be here with you this morning. I bring greetings and support from your brothers and sisters throughout Northamerica. Welcome to the World Education Forum! Amamos la revolucion Bolivariana!
This is my fourth visit to Venezuela, each time at the invitation of my comrade and friend Luis Bonilla, a brilliant educator and inspiring fighter for justice. Luis has taught me a great deal about the Bolivarian Revolution and about the profound educational reforms underway here in Venezuela under the leadership of President Chavez. We share the belief that education is the motor-force of revolution…
…we, too, must build a project of radical imagination and fundamental change. Venezuela is poised to offer the world a new model of education– a humanizing and revolutionary model whose twin missions are enlightenment and liberation. This World Education Forum provides us a unique opportunity to develop and share the lessons and challenges of this profound educational project that is the Bolivarian Revolution.
Viva Mission Sucre!
Viva Presidente Chavez!
Viva La Revolucion Bolivariana!
Hasta La Victoria Siempre!
Truth: Those last four lines are roughly translated:
Do we really want Obama,
who advocates changing the Constitution:
“a charter of negative liberties says what the states can’t do to you or what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf“
meeting with Chavez,
who says the U.S. needs a new constitution?
April 17th UPDATE:
Obama visits Chavez…At least he didn’t bow
November 20, 2010 UPDATE: Obama Jokes About Diverting Air Force One to Visit Hugo Chavez