The pictures over the weekend were pretty incredible.

There was President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders top target at CPAC Obama warns against 'unauthorized use' of his image to mislead voters in cease-and-desist letter MORE and the dictator Hugo Chavez hugging for the cameras.

Chavez is not just a well-known American-hater. He is a thug, a despot, a likely murderer and a follower of Fidel Castro. He likes to screw with our allies, like the Colombians, he cavorts with drug cartels, and he likes to support anybody who hates the United States.

Like Fidel Castro, Hugo has taken on a larger-than-life persona. He is every bit the thug, but somehow, the American left gives him a pass. Joe Kennedy embarrassingly fawned over him in a bunch of commercials when Chavez, in a publicity ploy meant to embarrass the U.S., gave cheap heating oil to the Northeast.

Like Che Guevara, Chavez has little regard for America, but is held up as a hero by America’s left. Like most heroes of the American left, Chavez is no fan of democratic thought. He hates a free media. He despises the free market. He subverts whatever governing institutions used to rule Venuzuela.

And there was our president, smiling and hugging Mr. Chavez.

We don’t know much about Mr. Obama. We know that he has a nice family and a nice smile. We know that he traveled around the world before getting into politics. We know that his mother was a hippie and his father was a radical. We know that he is the most inexperienced president in our nation’s history. We know that he won because he had a superior campaign apparatus, a frustrated American public and a weak field to beat.

We know that he has big plans to grow the size and power of the federal government. We know that he wants to tax the rich. We know that he wants have a dramatic government takeover of the health, energy, financial services, and almost any other industry that you can think of.

And now we know that he considers Hugo Chavez to be a friend, and if not a friend, well, at least an amusing sort of chap.

But Mr. Chavez is not an amusing sort of chap. He is a thug, a tyrant, and a really bad guy. That picture spoke more than a thousand words, and we should all be very concerned about what it really means.