Monday, November 07, 2005

Well, This Is Awkward

Laura Bush’s gracious attempt to speak to her Brazilian hosts in their native Portuguese backfired today when she accidentally asked to have “lunch in a library.” Not wishing to embarrass the President’s well-intentioned wife, officials at the Biblioteca Demonstrativa in Brasilia quickly set up a table complete with tablecloth and centerpiece, but since the facility was built without a working kitchen, the most they could offer was a glass of water and polite but uncomfortable smiles as the First Lady waited patiently for a menu.

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