It was a gala celebration at the UN today as world leaders came out to the Augusto Pinochet Dictator Awards held at the UN's General Assembly Hall. By all accounts the evening was the unofficial coronation of Muammar Kadafi as Dictator of the Year when he stole the show with a 90 minute nonsensical rant about everything from the assassination of JFK to the H1N1 virus choreographed with an occasional paper toss (a new move for the 72 year old). It was a night for the critics, but true artistic genius is always hailed as radical.
Muammar relaxing and having a few too many beer back stage with the road crew after the show.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad opened for Muammar, and I couldn't think of a better opening act. Mahmoud, a long time advocate of saying what's on his mind, entertained the crowd by affirming that were no homosexuals living in Iran. Mahmoud drew howls of laughter when he suggested that the number of homosexuals in both Iraq and Afghanistan had increased tremendously since the landing of US led coalition forces in both countries. Whatta guy.
Mahmoud and his wife pose on the red carpet for photographers. Mrs. Ahmadinejad wore a gold necklace with a diamond solitaire and matching earrings by Cartier, a teal evening gown by the up and coming designer Emily Wright of Los Angeles, a white silk sash from Prada, and a conservative but stylish black burka.
Notably absent at the celebrations were Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela as both had prior speaking engagements.
Robert Mugabe was in South Africa performing live at the Africa Raps concert, and Hugo was in Crawford, Texas yelling insults from the property line of the Bush family ranch.