The Washington Post headlined "Ailing Hugo Chavez's inauguration proceeds symbolically in Venezuela."
"The show must go on".and so it" did. "Fiery revolutionary speeches" were delivered. Chavez couldn't give his own. Others filled in for him.
Opposition leaders were "powerless to head off the day's events, which only underscored Chavez's continued hold on power."
He didn't seize it. He earned it responsibly. Venezuelans love him. They turned out supportively en masse. They do it often. They do it because they mean it. January 10 was special.
Washington Post comments were largely low key. They stopped short of reigning on Chavez's parade.
The Wall Street Journal headlined "New Chavez Term Celebrated - Without Him."
Inaugural partying "kick(ed) off his fourth term." He remains hospitalized in Havana. "Political theater bordered on the surreal."
Americans never show support for leaders like Venezuelans. Why should they? There's no reason to celebrate.
The Journal said rallying "had a clever political purpose." It boosted support for Maduro. It helped other Bolivarian officials.
Chavismo reflects more than one man. Popular sentiment shows it. It's part of Venezuela's culture.
Opposition elements were quoted. So were unnamed right wing analysts. They tried but couldn't spoil Chavez's day.
On January 6, the Journal's Mary O'Grady weighed in. Her columns spurn truth. They feature outrageous misinformation. She's waged war on Chavez for years. She entirely lacks credibility.
It's astonishing anyone takes her seriously. She writes nothing worth reading. Vicious diatribes substitute for legitimate commentaries and analysis. She's paid to lie.
She writes the Journal's America's column. She knows nothing about the region. It shows in what she says. She calls Chavez the "kook from Caracas."
She headlined "Venezuela After Chavez." Is he "dead or alive," she asked? "Inquiring Venezuelans want to know." She falsely claimed failing to show up for swearing-in violates constitutional law.
She knows nothing about what it says. If she did, she wouldn't explain.