President Bush's trademark struggles with the finer points of public speaking were on full display Friday, when he thanked his "Austrian" hosts for inviting him to this year's "OPEC" summit.I'll just give you a minute to drink that in. Our dumboid of a president, currently in Australia attending the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit, thanked his Austrian hosts for inviting him to the OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) summit, despite neither the US nor Australia being members of OPEC.
Bush's struggles from the lectern didn't end when he stopped talking either. Press reports indicate he tried to leave the stage through the wrong door, and the Australian prime minister had to point him toward the proper exit, according to the Herald Sun newspaper.No video of that, so I'll just replay the video of when the same fucking thing happened in China:
Flashback to International Booberies Past:
~ Bush spends a truly disastrous few days touring Europe, repeatedly embarassing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, most famously with an unsolicited backrub:
~ Bush fixates on food as he tours Latin America and describes hauling some lettuce onto a truck "one of the great experiences of my presidency."
~ Bush grabs Chinese President Hu Jintao like an errant toddler.
~ Bush accuses all of Europe of forgetting 9/11.
~ Bush calls Chancellor Merkel "Angela" and calls Austrian Chancellor Schüssel "Wolfgang" and President of the European Commission José Manuel Durão Barroso "José."
Etc. I'm sure I remember stories about how he refuses to sample local cuisine while abroad, too, instead preferring to dine at an Outback Steakhouse on at least one occasion. Oy.
Yeah, that's pretty much how we feel.
Truly an international disgrace. Jan. 2009 can't come soon enough.
[Thanks to Constant Comment for the heads-up.]