A question by a BBC reporter to Hugo Chavez received the answer in the video linked above. The question was: "Why are you sending so much money to foreign countries instead of spending the money at home?". The answer was: "This is a stupid question and I do not answer stupid questions because that would make me a stupid person". The full exchange in Spanish is shown in the video.
Now, this should not be the president of a nation speaking. This is a lout, a boor, speaking ( un patán, in Spanish). We have had great Venezuelan presidents, fair presidents and poor presidents but we had never had such a vulgar and rude specimen in the presidency, at least in modern, documented times. Lusinchi was pretty rustic but, by and large, all others, from Medina Angarita in the early 1940's to Caldera in the late 1990's, were civilized.
This is one of the main problems we face with Hugo Chavez. Yes, he is ignorant (he recently asserted that man had appeared about 2000 years ago, wrong by about 35,000 years.). Yes, he is semi-iliterate ( he mispelled the word "adquirir" giving a "lecture" to primary school students and refused to correct it in spite of having been advised of his error). Yes, he is pompous and vain (he claims to be at the level of Bolivar and Jesus). Yes, he is a machista (he told his wife over national TV that he would soon be giving her "what she was longing for" and suggested that Condoleeza Rice had the hots for him). Yes, he is a racist (he says that whites are guilty of all Venezuelan problems). Yes, he is a dictator ("It will be easy for me to cut the oil supply to the U.S."). Yes, he is wasteful of our resources (He has given or promised about $70 billion of our Venezuelan money to foreign leaders, groups and governments, trying to create an anti-U.S. alliance).
He is all of this and much more. But what I personally resent the most is that he is a patán, a man without manners. As a middle class Venezuelan I have spent all my life trying to improve on my education, working hard to improve the level of civic quality in my country, trying to make the name of Venezuela appreciated in foreign lands, trying to raise the level of citizenship among my compatriots and here comes this barbarian, doing more harm to our good name in minutes than the good will we could have generated for Venezuela in years. Today Venezuela is in the same category as Zimbabwe, as Haiti, as North Korea or Iran in the perception of the civilized world. Even wonderful initiatives such as our Youth Simphony Orchestra groups, existing since the 1980's, long before he showed up, have been taken over by the loutish president for propaganda purposes.
He pretends that Venezuelan history began 10 years ago. You should not believe mercenaries like Danny Glover or Mark Weisbrot when they tell you he is a new Robin Hood. He is a big fraud and will probably spend his last days in Zimbabwe or Cuba, if they will take him.