Hugo Chavez Returns From Cuba, Betty White Endorses Obama, and What You Need to Know on Saturday
• Chavez returns from Cuba: Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has returned to his country after almost a month during which he was undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba. Footage from Venezuela’s state television showed Chavez landing at Maiquetia airport, in the outskirts of Caracas, where the caudillo was received by several of his government officials while he walked by himself hoping to end rumors of a health condition so poor that forecasted the socialist leader wouldn’t make it to the October presidential election.
• Betty White Endorses Barack Obama for Reelection: Golden girl Betty White has said that even when she usually prefers to keep her political preferences to herself (and the voting booth) this time around she has decided to be outspoken about her support for the reelection of President Barack Obama in November. White, who came back into the celebrity spotlight thanks to that famous Snickers commercial, didn’t elaborate further about her decision but we guess it has to do with the president’s complete evolution on the issue of gay marriage thanks to which he was able to raise $1 million within 90 minutes of the announcement while he prepared to attend George Clooney’s $15 million Hollywood fundraising gala.
• Mitt Romney Endorses Traditional Marriage: In Willard’s strongest appeal to social conservatives yet, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee made a "passionate" plea for social conservative values during a speech at Christian Liberty University. Besides stating to a cheer ovation that “marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman,” Romney sought to quell fears about his Mormon faith by declaring “people of different faiths like your and mine, sometimes wonder where we can meet in common purpose, when there are so many differences in creed and theology.”
• LeBron James Wins NBA Most Valuable Player Award: LeBron James, from the Miami Heat, has won for third consecutive time the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the 2011-12 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award, with a total of 1,074 points (including 85 first-place votes) from a panel of 121 voters consisting of sportswriters, broadcasters and fans from Canada, the U.S. and worldwide via NBA.com. James’ runner ups were Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant (889 points), the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul (385) and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (352).