Friday, April 21, 2006

Different Day, Same Nap

As part of a time-honored diplomatic prank, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice pretended to fall asleep during Chinese President Hu Jintao's first visit to the Oval Office yesterday.

Not to be one-upped in the practical joke department, President George W. Bush later issued a series of confusing directions to the Chinese leader while simultaneously yanking Hu around by his suit sleeve.

President Hu is said to have taken the geopolitical hi-jinx in the lighthearted spirit it was intended, though a spokesperson did admit the pantsing delivered to Hu by outgoing Press Secretary Scott McClellan in the White House men's room may have taken things "a step too far" and accused McClellan of "milking the bit".

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