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George goes to Vietnam
President Bush arrived in Vietnam today, poked his head out
the doorway of Air Force One and declared, "I love the
smell of democracy in the morning."
When an aide explained that Vietnam was overrun by communist
forces after America pulled out in 1975, Bush responded, "That's
what I call 'cut and run.' " And when told the pungent
aroma was actually canine teriyaki being sold by a naked,
7-year-old street vendor, the president added, "Zoinks."
Ushered to a nearby podium, Bush greeted Vietnamese Prime
Minister Nguyen Tan Dung by asking, "Is your name really
Dung?" and then making a stinkface while pretending to
sniff the bewildered head of state.
The president said he hoped to discuss trade agreements and
then maybe "take a flame-thrower to some Viet Cong, for
old times' sake."
Bush explained that he wanted to come to Vietnam back in
the early 1970s but his mom wouldn't let him. Plus, he reasoned,
he would have risked accidentally earning some medals for
getting wounded in action and knew better than to give some
future political enemy that kind of ammunition to use against
The president said sending young Americans to their deaths
in Iraq had given him a deeper appreciation for the wartime
risks he evaded as a younger man, when he weaseled his way
into, then out of, the Texas Air National Guard.
for his thoughts on the Vietnam War, Bush said, "Our
boys did a heckuva job over here. Sean Penn and Charlie Sheen.
Robin Williams. I was really bummed out when Lt. Dan lost
his legs." He lauded the Khmer Rouge as "a heckuva
bottle of wine."
Also on the president's itinerary: a basketball game between
the Hanoi Red Menace and the Ho Chi Minh Trailblazers.
suffers Vietnam deferment flashback -- Feb. 14,
Posted on November 17, 2006 8:15 AM
This is definitely an approach that was taken with radar guns, but only because they were not closed-source. In other words the accuracy had to improve because it was widely revealed how innacurate they were on the whole.
January 16, 2007 5:02 PM
January 16, 2007 17:02
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