Venezuela's firebrand dictator was known for making waves. After leaping onto the public stage with a failed 1992 coup attempt, Chavez became president legally in 1998 and never looked back. Loved by the poorest Venezuelans, Chavez made many enemies over the years, many of them in the United States government. In the end, only cancer could remove HugoChavez from the Presidential chair of Venezuela.
Before anything else I would like to say good day to all of the Venezuelan people, and this Boliviarian message is directed to the brave soldiers in the Parachutist Regimen of Aragua and the Armed Brigade of Valencia. Friends: For now, lamentably, the objectives we considered were not achieved in the capital. That is to say, we here in Caracas have not managed to take power. You did very well over there, but now is the time to reflect; new situations will come and the country must definitively get on the path to a better destiny. So hear my word; hear Commander Chávez, who sends you this message so that you may please reflect and put down your weapons, because now, really, the objectives that we have brought to the national level are impossible to achieve. Friends: Hear this message of solidarity. I thank you for your loyalty, your valor, your exuberance, and I, before this country and before you all, assume responsibility for this Boliviarian militant movement. Thank you. - HugoChávez to Venezuelan television reporters just before being arrested for his participation in an attempted coup d'état, February 1992.