On a day featuring breaking news out of South America, Tuesday evening saw "Piers Morgan Tonight" invite the incomparable Barbara Walters to share her reactions and insights following the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Having traveled to Venezuela for an interview with Chavez in 2007, Walters remembered a complicated leader with multiple facets to his personality.
"Many journalists have said that he could be incredibly charming, in person. Was that your experience?" asked Piers Morgan.
"Yes, he could be. I mean, he certainly wasn't the most physically attractive person," revealed Walters, who joined the program live via phone. "But he was very warm, he was very welcoming, although it was for us somewhat of a frightening trip."
Adding further detail of her time in Venezuela, the co-host of "The View" described a country featuring two distinct classes of people, resulting in skewed impressions of their president:
"The rich, the people who had some money, were living – if they were still there – in houses that had gates and barricades. But the other people, when he [Chavez] wanted us to go and see the people, the people liked him because he had given them running water and toilets."
Despite his immense power and influence, Walters noted that Chavez tried to portray himself as a martyr:
"He could be very warm. He was very vulnerable, complained that he'd been married twice, Piers, but had no time for relationship because he was married to his country."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as the legendary ABC newswoman shares a few choice names that Chavez used when describing then-U.S. president George W. Bush.
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