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April 18, 2008

In a passing political note, let me say how happy I am that I did not watch the debates this week. From the comments and coverage I've read, they were even more devoid of content they were when I first decided (several years ago) that watching them live was a waste of time.

In other political "news"?

You know times are tough when the American president and the British prime minister start talking about the good ol' days of the Blitz.

It's been forever since I've been able to hear Bush talk without wanting to kill myself, but I feel justified in my contempt for the man when I read things like this little jewel, presented in response to a suggestion that maybe, just maybe, our "special" relationship with the UK isn't quite as special as it used to be.

"False!" Bush argued before the questioner finished. "We've got a great relationship. . . . Our special relationship has been forged in common values . . . And so our relationship is very special . . . There's just such a uniqueness in the relationship."

So very special.

Things seem to have gone downhill from there:

No matter: The two men had far bigger problems to discuss. Indeed, listening to Brown and "Boosh," as the Scotsman called his counterpart, gave a powerful sense of just how grim the times have become. They spoke of violence in Afghanistan and Iraq, problems with Iran and Zimbabwe, AIDS in Africa, the credit crunch, the housing crisis, soaring fuel prices, and even, as Brown described it, "food riots in many countries, the lowest supply of food for 30 years."

Times are so bad, in fact, that Brown flew to America on a plane provided by the discount charter company Titan Airways. The stature of the two leaders had shrunk so much that there were empty seats in the Rose Garden yesterday, and only Fox News bothered to have its correspondent do a live report from the event.

So very sad for this country.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:29 PM


I see "Boosh" has another Brit, like Blair, Brown-nosing him.

Posted by: The Oracle at April 21, 2008 10:12 PM

If I'd known when I was young how very, very lame and sad adults in positions of power really were? I would have been so afraid.

Posted by: Anne at April 22, 2008 09:11 AM