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Venezulan President Hugo Chavez followed up his devilish U.N. appearance with a visit to Harlem's Mount Olivet Baptist Church, where his tirade has earned him a nickname from the NY Post: El Loco. (Yeah, it doesn't quite have the ring of "Wacko Jacko.") Though Chavez's main goal was to announce that he would distribute discounted heating oil to the poor, he took the time to continue his jabs at the Commander in Chief :

Bush "is an alcoholic, a sick man and very dangerous. And he has a lot of power," Chavez said.

He also said he couldn't wait until Americans elect a new president.

"Some day very soon, the sooner the better, the people of the United States will elect a president with whom we can talk," he said. "Not the one we have right now who looks like John Wayne, with a cowboy hat, and walks like this."

Chavez then stepped away from the podium and walked with a swagger around the stage in a bizarre imitation of Bush.

Apparently the swager was also to make fun of the President being a recovering alcoholic - that's a classy world leader for you!

Chavez's comments have suddenly made Democrats defenders of President Bush. Represenative Charles Rangel said, "You don't come into my country, you don't come into my congressional district, and you don't condemn my President." Yeah, that's American citizens' duties! Senator Charles Schumer said Chavez was "despicable and disgusting," while Governor Pataki, in an appearance at Ground Zero, said, "The best thing he can do is go back to Venezuela and try to provide freedom for his people instead of what he's done here in New York." Former President Clinton said, "Obviously, I think he made a mistake." Reverend Jesse Jackson, who was on hand for the Harlem event, said he "urged [Chavez] to stop [his Bush-related attacks] for his own good."

The NY Times spoke to a very undead Noam Chomsky, who Chavez mentioned in his U.N. speech - and whose book is now number one on Amazon. Chomsky was careful to say that Chavez could have a right to be this angry: "The Bush administration backed a coup to overthrow his government. Suppose Venezuela supported a military coup that overthrew the government of the United States? Would we think it was a joke?” And Chomsky is ready and willing to meet Chavez.

Photograph of Chavez watching a performance by Native Americans from Alaska by Shiho Fukada/AP