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Shut Up

Posted in History by patriciahysell on November 10, 2012

King Juan Carlos I

November 10, 2007: “¿Por qué no te callas?” King Juan Carlos says. President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and King Juan Carlos I of Spain were both attending the Ibero-American Summit in Santiago, Chile. The Spanish Prime Minister, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, was giving a speech. Chávez kept interrupting in order to make comments about Spain’s previous Prime Minister, Jose Maria Aznar. Chávez referred to the man as a “fascist” and “less human than snakes” which may have held a grain of truth. However, even though he was disliked at home, he had been duly and properly elected. Zapatero who deeply opposed the former man’s policies was forced to defend him as “a legitimate representative of the Spanish people.”

Chávez kept interrupting until the King could take no more. He snapped out his quip which means in English “Why don’t you [just] shut up?” Languages have given their words specific meanings and the wording of the King’s comment used a familiar form of “you” which is usually reserved for friends or family, which Chávez was obviously not part of, and for children which was a derogatory or insulting usage. The audience applauded and shortly thereafter, the King left the Summit meeting. The King had never displayed such anger in public. The incident became internationally known and the phrase became an overnight sensation with even a mobile phone ringtone created using it.

King Juan Carlos I was born in 1938 and has been the ruling king of Spain since 1975 as named by General Francisco Franco in 1969. There had been no king in Spain for 38 years while Franco ruled. The Spanish Constitution of 1978 acknowledged him expressly as the King of Spain. Carlos successfully guided the country from dictatorship to parliamentary monarchy. He is also the President of the Ibero-American States Organization which represent over 700,000,000 people in 24 nations worldwide. In 2008 he was considered the most popular leader in all Ibero-America. Apparently this incident didn’t hurt his reputation too much, although he did receive some bad press from some Latin American countries.

Hugo Chávez was born in 1954 and became President of Venezuela in 1999. He was the leader of the Fifth Republic Movement from 1997 to 2007 when he became leader of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela. He is leading social reforms there known as the Bolivarian Revolution. He describes his own policies as anti-imperialist and has allied himself with Communist governments in Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. He is part of the “pink tide” of Latin America. He is a highly controversial person both at home and abroad.

Europe cannot confine itself to the cultivation of its own garden. – Juan Carlos I

You are talking about information management when you talk about extranet management, … With the next level, it’s not managing the network per se, but it is managing the information that moves through those networks. –  Juan Carlos I

I am convinced that the path to a new, better and possible world is not capitalism, the path is socialism. – Hugo Chavez

I have said it already, I am convinced that the way to build a new and better world is not capitalism. Capitalism leads us straight to hell. – Hugo Chavez

Also on this day:

Brought to You by the Letters J and H and the Number 1 – In 1969, Sesame Street come to PBS, bringing along a whole cast of characters.
Winning – In 1928, Notre Dame played Army at Yankee Stadium.
War Criminal – In 1865, Henry Wirz was hanged.