Caption This: Hillary shakes hands with Chavez

Saw this photo at Andrew Malcolm’s Top of the Ticket page:

Hillary Clinton meets Hugo Chavez
Photo courtesy: AFP/Adriano Machado

Look familiar? It should.

The AP’s write-up:

CARACAS, Venezuela – President Hugo Chavez and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shook hands and chatted briefly Saturday in a rare cordial encounter amid a diplomatic dispute that has left Venezuela and the United States without ambassadors in each other’s capitals.

The handshake came as leaders were milling about at the inauguration of new Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. It was unclear what Chavez and Clinton discussed.

Both governments have shown firmly entrenched stances in the past week as the United States revoked the Venezuelan ambassador’s visa in response to Chavez’s refusal to accept the chosen U.S. envoy.

Chavez has skipped opportunities to respond during the past few days, saying nothing about the U.S. government’s decision to revoke the visa of his ambassador, Bernardo Alvarez. President Obama’s administration took that step in response to Chavez’s rejection of Larry Palmer, who has been awaiting Senate confirmation.

My caption: Hillary to Chavez: “I deeply admire your work, Mr. President. And by the way, I totally agree with you about George W. Bush ….”

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