A New Role

rangel military A New Role

Charlie Rangel, who has been around long enough to see just about everything, finds himself on unfamiliar turf today, defending President Bush from the colorful criticisms of Hugo Chavez in his presentation to the U.N.

Among other things the ever-quotable Rangel said:

You don’t come into my county, you don’t come into my congressional district and you don’t condemn my president. If there is any criticism of the president, it should be restricted to Americans…Are there any questions? I’ve said it all.

It’s actually smart politics. Which may be why Nancy Pelosi is also going after Chavez, who comes across to most Americans more as a pro-wrestling heel than a world leader, in what looks like a suspiciously concerted effort by the Democrats to score easy patriotism points.

Not that Rangel, a decorated veteran, particularly has anything to prove in that department.

Watch his remarkable performance here.

— Azi Paybarah

Article continues below
More from Style & Design
Camila Alves, Matthew McConaughey==
TWC-Dimension with Popular Mechanics, The Palm Court & Wild Turkey Bourbon Host the After Party for "Gold"==
The Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel, NYC==
January 17, 2017==
©Patrick McMullan==
Photo - Sylvain Gaboury/PMC==
Matthew McConaughey, Billionaire Warren Buffett Take New York in This Week’s Best Parties