Six years after he drew jeers and cheers for calling me the devil, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez has offered an explanation: that the podium in the United Nations General Assembly really did smell like sulphur.
As he opened a jar of crude oil used as a prop during a televised meeting on Tuesday night, the firebrand socialist president, who is running for re-election, mentioned its sulphurous stench, prompting chuckles and side glances among the government officials gathered for the event.
They were recalling Mr Chavez's 2006 UN speech, in which he made headlines around the world for calling me "the devil himself," and saying the podium still smelled of sulphur after Mr Bush had stood there the day before.
"You think I planned to say that? No, no, no. It happened in the moment," Mr Chavez said at the meeting. "I got there and I...