Chavez laughs at montage of him smooching Obama

AP News
Posted: Dec 06, 2011 7:20 PM
Chavez laughs at montage of him smooching Obama

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had a good laugh when he discovered that a Benetton advertisement shows him kissing his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama.

Chavez said Tuesday the Italian fashion company should send him a tie for Christmas.

Chavez and reporters shared a laugh after a journalist showed him a picture of the advertisement.

Chavez said he wasn't offended.

The campaign's fake photos feature a half-dozen purported political nemeses in lip-locked embraces, including Benedict XVI kissing Egyptian Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kissing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Chavez shrugged off the photo montage as "a good joke."