Saturday, September 08, 2007

You Say APEC, I Say OPEC....

"President" Bush was in rare form during his speech at the APEC Summit in Australia -- please note, Australia -- this week.
His troubles began before he even appeared as APEC officials moved people out of the balcony down to fill the empty seats in the main orchestra level below which would have been visible on camera, thus delaying his speech by 10 minutes.
When he finally began, he didn't get three sentences into it before his first gaffe when he thanked Australian Prime Minister John Howard "for being such a fine host for the OPEC summit."
Bush corrected himself but quickly referred to Australian troops fighting in Iraq as "Austrian troops." Bush did not correct himself this time, but the official text of the speech released by the White House corrected his statement to "Australian Troops," not the first time the Bush White House has re-written history.
At the end of his speech, Bush strode off the wrong way and almost walked off a steep drop until Howard redirected him to the stairs.
His APEC performance is a highlight in a career of gaffes that include placing Queen Elizabeth II in the 18th century, and greeting former British Minister Tony Blair at the 2006 G8 Summit by calling out, "Yo, Blair."

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