Monday, July 17, 2006



Once the microphones are switched off, Democrats and Republicans alike are entitled to make small talk, go easy on the gravitas, and so forth. They're only human. Yet I can't avoid a pang of embarrassment when I come across the president's unscripted banter. While Tony Blair keeps pressing Bush on the issue of Middle East peacekeepers, the Leader of the Free World sticks to the real topic at hand: Diet Coke. Plus the fact that Russia is really, really big. Read it and weep (courtesy of this AP dispatch):
The unscripted comments came during a photo opportunity at the lunch. The leaders clearly did not realize that a live microphone was picking up their discussion.

Bush also spoke to other leaders, and his unscripted comments ranged from the serious topic of escalating violence in the Mideast to light banter about his preference for Diet Coke and a gift he received from another leader.

Blair, whose remarks were not as clearly heard, appeared to be pressing Bush about the importance of getting international peacekeepers into the region.

As he chats with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bush expresses amazement that it will take Putin and an unidentified leader just as long to fly home to Moscow as it will take him to fly back to Washington. Putin's reply could not be heard.

"You eight hours? Me too. Russia's a big country and you're a big country. Takes him eight hours to fly home. Not Coke, Diet Coke.... Russia's big and so is China. Yo Blair, what're you doing? Are you leaving?" Bush said.

The inanity from "the other" you expect but it was Merkel's face when she received the unexpected back rub that was the real clincher: "Ohmigod - eeeyoouuu!"
I wonder how the conversations inside the Oval Office would sound like. I never knew George Bush ever says the word "yo". Hahaha, sounds like a hippie to me.
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