Who says "Cowboy Diplomacy" is dead?
Last week there was much ado about President Bush letting loose the "s-word" while miked. When I first saw the mildly amusing video (shown here at YouTube.com) I was surprised more by what I saw than by what I heard.
To this day I belive that Karl Rove's greatest accomplishment has been selling George W. Bush - a silver-spooned, prep-high, Ivy-league aristocrat - as a homegrown Texas cowboy. In any case, Mr. Bush was in rare form at the G-8 summit last week, showing that while his administration's diplomacy may be dead, the cowboy still lives.
Slouched in his chair, President Bush butters up his roll and then tosses it deep down the hatch where his molars take over. After taking a few chomps with his mouth wide open, he leans over to Tony Blair and spits out the controversial sentence while still chewing on his cud.
Now I understand that blogs could be filled with posts about the frivolity of etiquette, and the hyper-analysis of eating behavior. Yet I believe that most of us would probably sit up straight and chew with our mouths closed at a company dinner.
When President Bush says, "Yo, Blair!" with his mouth full at the G-8 Summit, he makes himself ripe for a cheap pot-shot. And that's all this post is meant to be.