How would it feel to be cruising down Interstate 95 in Florida and all the sudden there's a huge billboard of, say, Gordon Brown, prime minister of England? (shown in this ABC photograph).
Well, travel to Cuba and you'll see billboards of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on the roadside. I even saw Hugo Chavez portraits in some homes during my last visit to Cuba.
Chavez and his economic support - particularly millions of barrels of subsidized oil - are vital to the Cuban economy. But I know some Cubans who resent Chavez and the perception that he has as much influence as some Cuban leaders.