Anytime you can mix up a beloved Mexican-American labor icon with the current controversial president of Venezuela, it’s not exactly your best day. That’s what more than a few people did on Monday as President Obama designated Cesar Chavez’s former home a national monument.
— Gü(\)Z (@305Gunz) October 9, 2012
One person even wrote in Spanish, “In what part of the movie did I fall asleep?”
Though Hugo Chavez was in the news because of his re-election, the notion that a U.S. president would designate anything in his name, is very misguided.
At the event for Cesar Chavez, Obama called Chavez a hero who brought hope to millions of poor, disenfranchised farm workers who otherwise might have remained ‘‘invisible’’ to much of the nation.
“Today, we celebrate Cesar Chavez,’’ Obama said at a ceremony at La Paz, the California farmhouse where Chavez lived and worked for more than two decades.
‘‘Our world is a better place because Cesar Chavez decided to change it.’’
Interestingly, a few called the Hugo/Cesar confusion ahead of time.
Can’t wait for some dingbat to attack Obama for dedicating a monument to “Hugo” Chavez.
— jeremy scahill (@jeremyscahill) October 8, 2012