Sunday, November 20, 2005

At least he didn't blow chunks into the Prime Minister's lap



These photos are up all over the web, but I hadn't seen the Reuter's story outlining what led up to Chimpy's less-than-graceful cut and run departure:

At the end of a day of meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao and other Chinese officials, Bush held a session with a small group of U.S. reporters and spoke at length about issues like religious freedom, Iraq and the Chinese currency.

The final reporter he called on critiqued Bush's performance earlier in the day when he stood next to Hu in the Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square to deliver a statement.

"Respectfully, sir -- you know we're always respectful -- in your statement this morning with President Hu, you seemed a little off your game, you seemed to hurry through your statement. There was a lack of enthusiasm. Was something bothering you?" he asked.

"Have you ever heard of jet lag?" Bush responded. "Well, good. That answers your question."

The president then recited a list of things of that he viewed as positive developments from his Beijing meetings, including cooperation on North Korean nuclear disarmament and the ability to have "frank discussions" with his Chinese counterpart.

When the reporter asked for "a very quick follow-up," Bush cut him off by thanking the press corps and telling the reporter "No you may not," as he strode toward a set of double doors leading out of the room.

Of course. Jet lag.

2 Comments:

Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

It all makes sense now - all of the trips from Crawford to D.C. and back to Crawford and back to D.C. - it's jet lag. This could be the cause of any number of policy failures and his low approval ratings.

12:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is one of the all time best headlines for an entry - lol

how many folks even remember pops bush hurling in the lap of the chinese premier ?? lmao

11:31 PM  

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