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George W Does Australia

US President George W. Bush today thanked "Austrian" Prime Minister John Howard, in front of a summit of business leaders, for being a kind OPEC host.

OPEC is the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

Mr Bush, who flew halfway around the world to be in Australia, not Austria, for the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit of world leaders, took to the stage at the Sydney Opera House.

He thanked Mr Howard for his introduction and for being such a "kind host" for the OPEC summit.

"I mean APEC summit," he said.

"I've been invited to the OPEC summit next year. The APEC summit."

The faux pas brought laughter from his audience.

As if that was not enough though, Mr Bush also botched the host country's name, referring to Mr Howard's visit to Iraq in 2006 as a thank you to "the Austrian troops there".

Mr Bush also stumbled over his pronunciation of Jemaah Islamiah, the regional terror network, but had no trouble with its abbreviation - JI.

Upon finishing his speech, Mr Bush took the wrong way off-stage and, looking slightly perplexed, had to be redirected by Mr Howard to a centre-stage exit.


You could write a comedy about this. I could write a comedy about this. The Week George W. Bush Came To Sydney. It starts when the Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, decides to go to an award ceremony for the football instead of meeting the American President. Who,of course, later calls Australia Austria.

The real funny thing is that this is all the lead in to Australia's next election.

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benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
the funny thing is bush keeps walking round and telling people what a great person howard is. i can't imagine this is helping him, what when he turns and does this.
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benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
major?
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benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
heh. yeah, that's what i thought you did--but i was willing to give yout he benefit of the doubt, man. after all, we're still their colony ;)
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benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
it was pretty funny, though :)
mariness
Sep. 7th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC)
See, when people ask why the hell the American people are even considering electing another actor as President* I just point to this, and note that we might possibly do worse, as unlikely as that sounds, but we can't possibly get anyone more embarrassing.


(Fred Thompson of Law and Order, if you're mildly curious, but not curious enough to follow the U.S. election process.)
benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC)
yeah, nah, i have no idea whose running for president outside the obvious ones. it's bad enough i have to pay attention to the australian one--the american presidential runs just strike me as the most bland, yet corrupt of things.
mariness
Sep. 7th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
Corrupt? Us?

(says the blogger from Broward County, whose utter incompetence in 2000 is exactly what got us into this mess.)
benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
you know me, i'm a horrible cynic.
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benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
people are believing that? jesus. makes you wonder how many people are actually rubbing guy's feet and then saying, 'oh, i'm sorry. i didn't want to fuck. it was just, y'know, a politeness. don't mind me as i do up my pants.'
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benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)
well, you know how it is: you're not really gay if you're just fucking in a toilet with another man. you're only gay when you want a house, and a bank account, and want to walk down the street holding your lovers hand, and marry him, and have the same rights as straight people. that's where the dangerous gayness is.
mariness
Sep. 7th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
Well, not too many people are believing it. But I think the guy is just pissed that the entire Republican establishment dumped him within hours while standing behind the senator who was calling up straight prostitutes.
benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)
words really do fail me now. heh.
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mariness
Sep. 7th, 2007 05:27 am (UTC)
To be honest I don't watch TV news -- I get my news from online papers and blogs. So we may well be hearing different things.

What I'm hearing is mostly people calling him a hypocrite, and some people (my mother) saying he's an utter disgrace to the Senate, but also people noting that playing footsie in an airport bathroom is probably not as bad as Senator Vetter repeatedly calling up call girls for "massages" -- and yet Vetter's staying in office, so why exactly does Craig have to resign again?

Frankly I think this all pales next to the corruption investigations on Senator Stevens of Alaska, but I don't take sex "crimes" too seriously.
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mariness
Sep. 7th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
I'm not overly sorry for Craig, no, and I'm with you on hating his record, and finding him to be an utter hypocrite. But the double standard -- partly because of teh gay, and partly because Louisiana's Democratic governor would replace Vetter with a Democrat -- does get to me. Vetter's equally hypocritical (he keeps squawking about family values) and yet has admitted to soliciting prostitutes on multiple occasions, which regardless of my feelings on the subject, remains illegal. And the main reason for this double standard? As said, teh gay.

And after the invective thrown at Craig by his fellow Republicans I can't really blame him for deciding to tick the hell out of his former colleagues :)
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angriest
Sep. 7th, 2007 05:01 am (UTC)
To be very mildly fair to Thompson, he has served as a US senator.
mariness
Sep. 7th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
To be less mildly fair, during Watergate he was passing information to Nixon's attorneys.

This we don't need, even if he does look damn good on TV.
angriest
Sep. 7th, 2007 05:27 am (UTC)
I didn't say he was worth voting for, I was just pointing out that he does actually have fairly extensive political experience.
mariness
Sep. 7th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
Point. So, for that matter, did Reagan, even if Reagan started as an actor.
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angriest
Sep. 7th, 2007 05:27 am (UTC)
LOL
ironed_orchid
Sep. 7th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
Having someone who can remember their speeches and has good diction can be a real plus.
benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC)
how's that working for us?
ironed_orchid
Sep. 7th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC)
I said GOOD diction.
benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
heh.
hollowpoint
Sep. 7th, 2007 07:45 am (UTC)
I hope he got to see the delightful Ridley Opera House and discussed the Austrian deployment in East Tiamat. Perhaps he devoted a few moments to the plight of the uberigines, too.
benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2007 08:05 am (UTC)
sounds like something to look forward to, that.
ohilya
Sep. 7th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
To be fair to the guy, it's entirely plausible that he just suffers from some of the worst stage fright known to man.
benpeek
Sep. 9th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
yeah, perhaps. yet he doesn't seem that uncomfortable when speaking--he has a very relaxed body language.
ohilya
Sep. 9th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
Could also be that he's relaxed when on home territory? I dunno, I don't watch him speaking that often because it hurts my head. I salute you if you've some kind of special filter for stupid.
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