Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. attended the Chavez funeral today and offered a prayer to the attendees. Rev. Jackson told Fox News he knew the Venezuelan president “in a direct and personal way” and says he is “deeply saddened by his passing.” [NBC Chicago] [Shouldn’t he be helping his son who is facing serious jail time and not mourning a dead dictator?]
Two other Democrats showed up at the funeral – U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks from New York and former Rep. William Delahunt from Massachusetts.
Meeks, who attended the funeral with Ahmadinejad and Raul Castro, was very pleased to be there:
“I am honored to be a part of a delegation that will represent the United States at the Funeral of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday, March 8. I will be joined on this delegation by former U.S. Representative William Delahunt, and U.S. Embassy Caracas Chargé d’Affaires James Derham.
“My deepest sympathies go out to the family of President Chavez and the people of Venezuela. Venezuela is an important nation to the Western Hemisphere. I remain committed to building the relationship between our nations. As always, I stand in continued support of the Venezuelan people especially at this time of mourning.” [Breitbart]
Ahmadinejad was quite sad. He said, that Mr. Chávez was “a symbol of all who look for love, kindness and peace in the world…For me he was a brother and dear friend. I feel like I’ve lost a part of myself.” [I’ll bet. Birds of a feather.]
“President Ahmadinejad, looking emotional, hugged Foreign Minister Elias Jaua and pumped both fists in the air toward the cheering Chavez loyalists.”
“Chavez’s closest ally, Cuban leader Raul Castro, waved both hands and then held them together.”
Actor Sean Penn and former baseball slugger Magglio Ordóñez also attended. Sean Penn brought the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra director Gustavo Dudamel.
On Tuesday, Penn said that “today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion. I lost a friend I was blessed to have. My thoughts are with the family of President Chavez and the people of Venezuela.
I’m not sure how Penn reconciles his own personal wealth, accumulated under Capitalism, with his Communist philosophy or how he reconciles the fact that Chavez stole from his own people and left his country much worse off than it was when he took over.
Contrary to Chavez anti-Capitalist ways, vendors were selling T-shirts, buttons, photos, and so on. The frequent refrain throughout the sad day was “Chávez lives! The struggle continues!” Some were saying “All of us are Chavez.” People watched the funeral on TV’s spread about the market squares. This is what happens when an entire nation is kept uninformed by a state-sponsored media.