Friday, September 07, 2007

Bush Forgets Where He Is - Laughter Ensues (Video)

Once again, the pResident of the United States acts like an idiot on the world stage. The Commander Guy couldn't recall the name of the APEC summit or even the name of country he was in, and he couldn't find his way off the stage. Why do they let this man travel without Laura at his side? As the world knows and Sky News notes, Bush is renowned for getting it wrong.

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — President Bush had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day at the Sydney Opera House. He'd only reached the third sentence of Friday's speech to business leaders, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, when he committed his first gaffe.

"Thank you for being such a fine host for the OPEC summit," Bush said to Australian Prime Minister John Howard. Oops. That would be APEC, the annual meeting of leaders from 21 Pacific Rim nations, not OPEC, the cartel of 12 major oil producers. Bush quickly corrected himself. "APEC summit," he said forcefully, joking that Howard had invited him to the OPEC summit next year (for the record, an impossibility, since neither Australia nor the U.S. are OPEC members).

The president's next goof went uncorrected — by him anyway. Talking about Howard's visit to Iraq last year to thank his country's soldiers serving there, Bush called them "Austrian troops." That one was fixed for him. Though tapes of the speech clearly show Bush saying "Austrian," the official text released by the White House switched it to "Australian."

Then, speech done, Bush confidently headed out — the wrong way. He strode away from the lectern on a path that would have sent him over a steep drop. Howard and others redirected the president to center stage, where there were steps leading down to the floor of the theater.

via Raw Story: Bush forgets what country he's in, what summit he's at and Wonkette: Bush Makes A Million Screw-Ups In 10 Minutes