A Huffington Post entry offers a window into the soul of the Hollywood left.
Penn is one of those Hollywood progressives who thinksÂ President Obama can launch a charm offensive with hostile foreign leaders in order to navigate America’s way through the rough waters of foreign policy.
After Obama’s recent handshake photo opportunity with Chavez, Penn wrote,Â â€œWith a friend, or an enemy, our president will gain greater strategic position with a smile.â€
ButÂ Pennâ€™s enthusiasm forÂ the president of his own country is a mere shadow of theÂ passion he shows for the man who, oddly enough, considers himself the reincarnation of anti-socialist Simon Bolivar. Says Penn:
â€œI know President Chavez well. Whether or not one agrees with all his policies, what is certainly true of Chavez is that he is a warm and friendly man with a robust sense of humor (who daily risks his own life for his country in ways Dick Cheney could never imagine). To treat such a man coldly is akin to spitting on him. As a country weâ€™ve done enough of that. Say what you will, but it has only resulted in the self-celebration of our smirking spitters, while costing us international respect, American lives, and left wounds in the hands of our childrenâ€™s future. The [Dick] Cheneys, down to the [Bill] Oâ€™Reillys and [Sean] Hannitys and [Rush] Limbaughs, effectively hate the principles upon which we were founded. They are among the greatest cowards in all of American history.â€
Who knew the tyrant Chavez was a saint willing to risk his life for his country?
Penn also previously called the Chavez-crafted constitution of Venezuela, which gives the president the power to rule by decree, â€œa very beautiful document.â€
It is unclear what Penn thinks of Chavez’s crackdown on the media –including the movie industry–Â in Venezuela. After local filmmakers protestedÂ Chavez’s plan to give taxpayersâ€™ funds toÂ theÂ American actor Danny Glover to produce movies, Venezuela outlawed two local film guilds, Variety reported.