Thursday, February 22, 2007

Feel the warmth

In Tokyo, Cheney met, in what the White House website calls “a greeting,” with the parents of a girl who was kidnapped in Japan by the North Koreans in 1977, when she was 13. Below is that greeting, in its entirety. Notice how Cheney connects with the Yokotas on a deep personal level, as fellow parents and fellow human beings:
MRS. YOKOTA: (As interpreted) Thank you for taking time to visit with (inaudible).

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, this is a very important issue. I know it means a great deal to the Japanese people. The Prime Minister discussed it with me last night in our meeting. And I know you had an opportunity to meet with President Bush, I guess, last year.
Clintonesque, really.

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