Published December 13, 2011
CARACAS, Venezuela – Who knew?
Among the figures showing up for the birth of baby Jesus in the manger was Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez – at least according to a Nativity scene erected in the Venezuelan capital, NPR reported.
And it's not just any Nativity scene – this model also includes a miniature cable car, pointing up Chavez's infrastructure improvements.
Admittedly, the president, wearing a shirt in the red, blue and yellow colors of the Venezuelan flag, isn't standing at the manger – but he is close by, along with a few other unexpected visitors.
In this version, Chavez was joined at Christ's birth by South America's 18th century independence fighter Simon Bolivar, an unidentified bearded man playing a musical instrument, and a tall, attractive woman wearing an off-the-shoulder white blouse and long, festive skirt, also in the national colors.
The scene also features a photo of a small child hugging Chavez, his head bald from recent chemotherapy treatments for cancer.
The Nativity scene is the creation of employees at the Women's Ministry and on display in a downtown Caracas concourse.