Chavez’s Body To Be On Permanent Display

Apparently, Venezuela’s ruling party hopes to keep the Hugo Chavez cult of personality around after his death:

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s acting president says Hugo Chavez’s embalmed body will be permanently displayed in a glass casket so that “his people will always have him.”

Vice President Nicolas Maduro says the remains will be put on permanent display at the Museum of the Revolution, close to the presidential palace where Chavez ruled for 14 years. Maduro says the president will lie in state first for at least another seven days.

I doubt it’s a mistake that this is following in the footsteps of Lenin. Mao, both of the deceased members of the Kim family, and for at time Stalin.

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  1. Dixon says:

    and probably Obama…….. 😉

  2. Surreal American says:


    I’m surprised that Reagan humpers devotees haven’t yet suggested a permanent under glass display of his corpse in the Capitol Rotunda.

  3. PJ says:

    @Surreal American:
    They aren’t done trying to reanimate the corpse.

  4. michael reynolds says:

    I understand the corpse will be sent on a worldwide tour of Citgo stations.

  5. SC_Birdflyte says:

    Wonder how long it will take before Venezuelans start making vulgar jokes about the dearly departed, as happened with Lenin and Stalin among the Russians?

  6. Franklin says:

    As long as I can check to make sure he’s still dead, I’m all for it.

  7. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Rest in Peace? Nah, there is no rest for the wicked.

  8. Fiona says:


  9. Tyrell says:

    Here are two possible places: Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museums, P.T. Barnum Museum