Friday, April 04, 2008

Bush and his hanger-oners at the NATO conference and in Croatia

News story lead sentence of the day (Reuters): “Kikwete of Tanzania has condemned witchdoctors who kill albinos and harvest their body parts in the hope that they will bring prosperity.”

Stupid Hollywood remake idea of the week: Short Circuit.

The NATO summit finished up today. Bush made many friends.

Since no one would talk to him, he went back to his best friend: booze.

Much better.

Before he left, he met with Romanian Prime Minister Popescu-Tăriceanu, his good (but not great) friend: “We just had a great -- we had a good meeting, because we’re good friends.”

He thanked Popescu-Tăriceanu for hosting the summit: “It’s not easy to host as many automobiles, body guards, world leaders, hanger-oners as you did.” Is Condi a hanger-oner? Laura?

However he did upbraid the PM for not arranging a proper tribute for him: “I didn’t have quite the dramatic rainbow scene this time as I did the first time I came”.

HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW: He apologized for American visa policy towards Romanians: “Our Congress passed new law -- it frankly wasn’t as good as I thought it should be, but nevertheless, it is the law of the land, because I signed it into law.”

From there, it was on to Zagreb. A few more drinks on the plane turned him from a happy drunk into a sullen drunk. (Or possibly into Richard Nixon. Doesn’t he look like Nixon?)

“Okay George, very good, now your left foot. No, your other left.”

“Okay George, almost there, just a little lower. No, George, there’s only one hand. How could I be holding out three hands? Just shake it already.”

“Just stand right here. Try not to fall over.”

If he only had a good meeting with his good friend Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu, he had a great one with Croatian President Mesic, who gave him a drink.

Bonus NATO summit picture:

“Peace, baby.”

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