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The camera pans in on the special live speech. Orpheus Ziev stands at the podium. His clothes are disheveled (intentionally), he is gaunt and pale (the magic of makeup of course). It takes him a minute before he begins his speech.
"I have very little I can say regarding the terrible tragedy that occurred. Until earlier today, I was unaware of the situation unfolding in Venezuela. I was informed that the country was under military control, but that the situation was largely peaceful. This information has since been proven false. I made a mistake. I trusted the now war-criminal Anthony Stark...he pulled the wool over my eyes, and hid the situation from me. He played me for a fool, and as a result tens of thousands are dead." Orpheus pauses. He turns slightly from the cameras, lifts his sunglasses, and wipes a tear from his cheek. After a moment he resumes the speech.
"This tragedy will haunt me to my grave, but I will do everything I can to make it right. Anthony Stark is in custody. But there are others who are trying to continue his work...people like Mercy Sheridan. I have no doubt that all of you have heard the news. In her report she claims I gave permission...PERMISSION...for the destruction of an entire nation. With this report she gave a sound clip. I swear to you, on my life, on my soul, that this clip is false. As you all know, I am unable to see...as a result, my other senses are finely honed. If you listen closely, as I did, you can hear where voice clips from my speeches or interviews have been spliced together. The work is masterful, but it is a fraud. Please do not be fooled by these machinations that aim to lower me in your eyes...citizens...friends...I took this job to make this a nation of happiness and prosperity. These criminals...Stark, Mercy, and their unknown conspirators...aim to enslave and crush you. Do not let them. Please...you have to trust me." He raises his head, his dead eyes look plaintively over the audience.
"I will do my absolute best to repair the damage done by these saboteurs. I am looking into seizing Horizon assets to aid in Venezuela. Mercy is still on the loose. If you have any information regarding her location, please call your local police or the FBI. National security starts with you."
A number flashes on the screen, giving the FBI hotline
"Please forgive me for being too trusting. Please forgive me for being naïve. I overestimated the goodness in the hearts of man. Please forgive me for my errors. This will never happen again, I swear it.
Take care America...and good night."