Friday, July 28, 2006

Rice At The Piano, Bush With American Idol Singers ... Don't Iraq, Iran, Israel, Deserve Full-Time Attention?

Maybe I just don't understand the importance of what's happening in the Middle East.

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice left a 15-nation "crisis talk" on the fight between Israel and the terrorist group Hezbollah to play piano at the annual gala dinner of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Rice must have had the crisis talks on her mind, though, for while others at the gala dinner did silly shtick, she played a somber composition.

"It is not a time that is frivolous. It is a serious time. I will play something that is in accordance with my serious mood," she said.

Rice is due back in the Middle East on Saturday to negotiate terms for a U.N. resolution aimed at the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah. Her travel plans were dictated by an agreement reached today between President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, at which time the two agreed any plan to end the fighting must address long-running regional disputes to be effective.

Bush found time in his busy schedule to meet today with the finalists from Fox's American Idol. It was the first time contestants from the hit television show met the president, the Associated Press noted.

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Participation in the ASEAN gala dinner is a tradition of sorts (Colin Powell sang a Village People song at the 2004 gala). And part of Bush's job is photo ops with successful sports teams and celebrated Americans.

But shouldn't these less important events be treated as ... less important? We have wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a crisis in Israel. You have conservative pundits talking about this being the beginning of World War III, while others are suggesting we may need to attack Iran.

Jon Stewart, earlier this week on The Daily Show, asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): "President Bush has been very clear that, through his leadership, he has made the world safer. My question to you is simly this: how much safer can the world afford to have him make us?"

McCain didn't answer the question. Between piano recitals and visits with American Idol singers, I wonder whether the Bush Administration thinks making the world safer is a full-time job.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Robert Ramsey said...

Nero fiddled. We now have "clarity" on one thing anyway:neither Bush, his administration, anybody in Congress nor their mainstream media minions, nor the citizenry is ever going to own up to and apologize to the world for our crimes against humanity, our barbarism and ignorance, not to mention the unbounded gallingly arrogant attitudes toward everyone and everything not a have or a havemore by these beings. What is to be done?

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree the American Idol singers had no business meeting up with a man like President Bush...
They don't deserve such disrespect, dishonor and embarrassment.

7:09 PM  
Anonymous sabra said...

par for the course ... remember, "nobody ever imagined that the (fill in the catastrophe)"

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Skidmore said...

Circus Maximus, starring Little Boots and his concubine.

Designed by Rovius to keep the rabble razzled and dazzled.

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Straight Shooter said...

Well... she does have some skill with the piano, and at least she practiced in her youth. So I'd say that would offend her more, that she's better at tickling bush than tickling the ivories.

10:23 PM  
Anonymous shaniqua6392 said...

Her skills in both areas SUCK.

Actually I wish she would go play the piano forever. She is a bumbling idiot when it comes to diplomacy. She says Ummmmmm and Ahhhhhh every other word since she can not figure out what King George would want her to say.

10:24 PM  
Anonymous AndyA said...

The world is literally falling apart, much of it because of their doing, and our leaders play around with photo ops, eat cake, and generally show us what asses they truly are. Whatever happened to decorum? I think it is inappropriate to party hardy while there is so much destruction going on.

If they must do it, it should be done quietly, no press, no big deal. Bush has awful looking yellow teeth. He should avoid smiling whenever possible.

10:26 PM  
Anonymous valerief said...

Bush doesn't even have to obey the Constitution. He certainly doesn't have to attend this foolishness.

10:27 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

Whiners, the whole bunch of you. And mean-spirited whiners at that.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

Not to mention, extremely petty.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your boy is a attempting to make this the Soviet States of Amerika, so you're right, these folks shouldn't just whine they should help us do all we can to put King W and his minions in prison forever and ever and ever.
"Don't agonize, organize"
"Stop bitchin' and start a revolution" you get the message..

6:12 PM  
Blogger Pist said...

Wow I'm so happy with all the shit going on in the world, that our president can still find time to meet with the american idol singers...Sorry Iraq.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Trinity:
There is hardly anything more "mean-spirited" than the attack on our freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and other assorted crimes dumped upon the U.S. and the world by the Bush Administration.
And there is absolutely nothing "petty" about drawing attention to the problem.
We do offer solutions even though the pig-headed administration, the equally pig-head Republicans running congress, the Bushie sheep and the right-wing dominated mainstream media too often do want to tolerate dissent.
We are left in a quandary.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

To Trinity - This may sound like Whinning to you beacuse that is all the Repukes did during Clinton's tenure. So you know first hand what whinning is I guess. The big differences between Democrat whinning and Repuke whinning is about $35M of government expenditure, all of the time in law suits, 90% of Congress's time investigating the Clinton's over a BJ( and the BIG lie about it), all of the time investigating "travel gate", all of the time investigating Clinton land deals, all of the time investigating every "conspiracy theory" that had a 1% tangent effect to Clinton's life (similiar to the 1% Chaney doctrine applied to Iraq), and all the time spent to make Clinton's and his administration's life miserable.
Where is the current accountablity for this rogue, lying, incompetent and clueless Bush Administration? Is that a whinney question or is it a question of a proud American that wants my country to be the best it can be and wants my country to operate fully according to our constitution. Being a whinney citizen is one choice given to us by the constitution and the Repukes exercise it better than any citizen in the US.

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical of this administration of horror.

If the Bush administration were a band, I think they'd have to be the "Evil clown posse".

When will the drooling zombies that still mindlessly support this idiot criminal and his cohorts, wake up, stop drinking the Bush kool-aid and realize he doesn't give a damn about America or Americans?

Tachyon
Tachspot

2:59 PM  
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