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Curious George goes to Vietnam

By John Breneman

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 him.

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.

Asked 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.

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Cheney suffers Vietnam deferment flashback -- Feb. 14, 2006

Posted on November 17, 2006 8:15 AM | Permalink

Comments (1)


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.

Posted by Fliesen | January 16, 2007 5:02 PM

Posted on January 16, 2007 17:02

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