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When diplomacy turns into `yo momma'

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was at it again last week. Appearing at the United Nations a day after President Bush, he told the General Assembly: "Yesterday, the devil came here. Right here.... And it smells of sulfur still today." But don't be so shocked. Chavez isn't the first politician to speak his mind. Match the insult with the sharp-tongued leaders who spoke them.

September 24, 2006

What they said

1. "She has the eyes of Caligula, but the mouth of Marilyn Monroe."

2. "A psychopath

of the worst


3. "You have been very rude, and

I have never

been spoken to

like this before."

4. "Mad dog of the Middle East."

5. "A coldblooded, calculating, unprincipled usurper, without a virtue."

6. "A mix between Harry Potter and a brave, rigid bourgeois."

7. "One of the world's more irresponsible leaders."

8. "The puppy

dog of the


9. "A deranged person."

10. "You should

not spit from the height of your marshal title. You do not have

enough spit."

11. "If you were

in our Senate,

we would call you a filibusterer.

You do all the talking and don't let anyone else talk."

12. "You are a donkey, Mr. Danger."

13. "A numskull."

14. "A true illiterate."


Who said it

a. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

b. President Reagan on Libyan leader Col. Moammar Kadafi

c. Chavez on outgoing Mexican President Vicente Fox

d. Former French President Francois Mitterrand on former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

e. Then-Vice President Richard Nixon to former Soviet leader

Nikita Khrushchev

f. French President Jacques Chirac to British Prime Minister Tony Blair

g. Cuban leader Fidel Castro on President Bush

h. President Jefferson on French leader Napoleon Bonaparte

i. Chavez to Bush

j. Belgian Foreign Minister Karel de Gucht on Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende

k. Vice President Dick Cheney on North Korean leader Kim Jong Il

l. Chavez on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

m. Castro on former Chinese Premier Deng Xiaoping

n. Khrushchev to former Chinese Foreign Minister Chen Yi

(Answers: 1-d, 2-a, 3-f, 4-b, 5-h, 6-j, 7-k, 8-c, 9-g, 10-n, 11-e, 12-i, 13-m, 14-l)

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