Read time: 1 minute

Bush Diplomacy On The March

George, George, George. Hasn't anyone ever taught you that when dealing with a woman's age, guess low? Dana Milbank at WaPo: UPDATE: Now wi

George, George, George. Hasn't anyone ever taught you that when dealing with a woman's age, guess low?

qe-bush.jpg Dana Milbank at WaPo:

UPDATE: Now with video! icon Download icon Download

President Bush lasted only about 14 minutes into the state arrival ceremony (for Queen Elizabeth) before implying that the British monarch was 300 years old.

"You've dined with 10 U.S. presidents," Bush said on the South Lawn with the 81-year-old sovereign at his side. "You helped our nation celebrate its bicentennial in seventeen s --" -- here the president caught himself -- "in nineteen seventy-six."
The crowd laughed. Bush looked sheepishly at Elizabeth, who glanced up from the text of her own speech, smiled politely, and said something that sounded like "some year," or "you're near," or even "oh, dear."
"She gave me a look that only a mother could give a child," a quick-thinking Bush reported back to the assembly.

At least he didn't credit her with signing the Magna Carta.

"Quick thinking," Dana? Um, okay. He used that famous Bush charm elsewhere too:

The informal Bush enjoyed the formality so much that he even took time out to torment an underdressed photographer. After his walk with the queen after lunch, Bush got the photographer, Newsweek's Charles Ommanney, to agree that it was "a special day" at the White House. "Then why," the president asked, "didn't you wear something other than hand-me-down clothes?"

Can you help us out?

For 16 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit. We work 7 days a week, 16 hours a day for our labor of love, but with rising hosting and associated costs, we need your help! Could you donate $20 for 2020? Please consider a one time or recurring donation of whatever amount you can spare, or consider subscribing for an ad-free experience. It will be greatly appreciated and help us continue our mission of exposing the real FAKE NEWS!

More C&L Coverage

Comments

NOTE: We will be changing to a new commenting platform in the next couple of weeks. We will supply more details as we get closer to the change. We understand some users are having problems with comments loading and this will hopefully remedy that problem

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.