Bush : Gotta go home. Got something to do tonight. Go to the airport, get on the airplane and go home. How about you? Where are you going? Home?
Bush : This is your neighborhood. It doesn't take you long to get home. How long does it take you to get home?
Reply is inaudible.
Bush : "Eight hours? Me too. Russia's a big country and you're a big country."
At this point, the president seems to bring someone else into the conversation.
Bush : It takes him eight hours to fly home.
He turns his attention to a server.
Bush : No, Diet Coke, Diet Coke.
He turns back to whomever he was talking with.
Bush : It takes him eight hours to fly home. Eight hours. Russia's big and so is China.
Today, yet another display made it into the international newspapers. I am posting this sequence of photos, from Bild.de via AmericaBlog, because they illustrate perfectly what sort of idiot we have at the head of our government. They say more than 1,000 words of critique can, and no one should be surprised to learn how little respect this man has for the female leader of an ally nation of 80 million people. Maybe he's so used to doing this with Condi and Harriet and other women and men on his staff that he didn't realize it was totally inappropriate, but then again, look what he's done to the United States, to Iraq, to Afghanistan, to Haiti, to our longstanding relationship with our allies....
The images, with my translations of the German below (the video is online at Bild):
"Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks directly with Italian PM Romano Prodi--here comes George W."
"Merkel consults with her neighbor at the table, doesn't notice, as Bush approaches"
"...begins his Texan One-Second-Massage"
"...suddenly the US President lays both hands on Merkel's shoulders"
"The Chancellor, frightened, twitches her shoulders together, raises her hands high, doesn't know who's grabbed her from the rear..."
[Corrected German--thanks, Bill!]