El Jorge's Monkey Shines
As Argentinian President Kirchner gave an incisive opening address at the Summit of the Americas, Bush rose to the occasion with his antics. The incurious and unread President smiled broadly when Kirchner said the word, Bible (although he was referring to plagues and catastrophe), but pouted and tapped his translation earpiece when Kirchner quoted Gabriel Garcia Marquez. What a damned idiot, our American aristocrat.
Kirchner made some dramatic points. He reminded the audience that Washington's policies are often a threat to democratic nations and have led to the collapse of a democracy more than once. Its policies have provoked "social tragedies" throughout the hemisphere. He described Washington's view of developing countries as "archaic." He did not spare the International Monetary Fund, describing it as a "perverse organization."
Bush's 45 minutes of private talks with Argentinian produced a steaming Kirchner, who complained of a "raw" atmosphere in his one-on-one Chimpy. At one point, Kirchner was said to have burst out in exasperation with, "Bueno, I am not a pimp [for Bushco's policies]", which Chimpy's interpreter translated as "obsequious".
In a press conference following the talks, all Chimpy could come up with was praise for the "enormous countribution" of Argentinian basketball player Manu Ginóbili of the San Antonio Spurs, flummoxing the audience. But apparently Bush's handlers told him to mention Ginóbili in order to contrast him with retired soccer star Diego Maradona, one of the organizers of the Anti-Summit.
Mexican President Vicente Fox gets a "D" in Conduct as well for his monkey-see, monkey-do. During Kirchner's strong and well-delivered speech, Fox refused to look at the podium and declined to applaud.
Such are our statesmen.