Saturday, September 17, 2005

A Wee Problem with Respect


The first time I saw this story I thought it was a joke. Now I realize it is an opportunity.

The Sun has the best take on it I've seen (but it is in good company):
    I Fear a Leak Condi

    PRESIDENT Bush ran into an international crisis yesterday— when he urgently needed to go to the LOO during a vital United Nations debate.

    As world leaders searched for ways to revitalise the UN, the embarrassed US leader scribbled a hasty note: "I think I may need a bathroom break? Is this possible."

    He then handed it to his Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, sitting behind him.

    It was not clear why the most powerful man in the world needed Condi's permission to leave the room.

    Mr Bush'’s emergency motion came during the World Summit and 60th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.

    The three-day summit was meant to focus on UN reform and world poverty but the spotlight was on the fight against terrorism.

    The blueprint drawn up by the leaders falls short of Secretary-General Kofi Annan'’s vision for freedom from want, persecution and war.

It is nice to see the president finally get the respect he deserves.

Has anyone else noticed that other political leaders have started simply ignoring George III's major policy statements as if he were an alzheimers-striken relative. Let's go to Mars. Right. After the speech, no one, not even George himself, mentioned it again except as a joke. And what about his manly commitment to personally lead the investigation into the Katrina disaster? Everybody, including the Republicans in Congress, seems to have just forgotten about that and gone on with their own plans. Now he has this big plan for Katrina relief. The South New Orleans shall rise again. Despite the massive opportunities for pork and cronyism and mad libertarian experiments and ethnic cleansing this offers, it's looking like the party faithful may not be on board.

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