White House Cites – Again – Faulty Intelligence; Blames Former CIA Chief Tenet
The White House, this evening, is in full crises-mode, not over the exploding violence in the Middle East, but over a diplomatic faux pas, after President Bush gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel, an unexpected, hearty belly kiss.
The President, who arrived in Germany last evening, was making a one-day stop, before a weekend of talks the leaders of the G8 in St. Petersburg, Russia, to meet with Merkel, shoring up his delicate coalition against a backdrop of escalating violence in Iraq, tense negotiations with North Korea, and an exploding war between Israel and the militant Lebanese group, Hezbollah
After Merkel, Bush Then Belly Kisses German,
Merkel looked stunned, according to sources, shortly after the President and First Lady arrived at Trinwillershagen, the summer home of the Merkel, for an evening barbeque
Bush, upon arriving, good-naturedly took over the conductors’ wand of the band that greeted him and then walked over to Merkel, who had her arm extended, as if to shake hands.
Witnesses who spoke to The Garlic said that Bush ignored the handshake offer, and quickly pulled up Merkel’s blouse, giving her a hearty, lip-smacking Belly Kiss, leaving German leader “stunned” and sucking the air out of the other guests at the barbeque.
“It was like the final scene of “The Wild Bunch”, offered veteran independent foreign correspondent, Huntley Haverstock Jr.
“When Pike Bishop shoots the Mexican General and everybody in the villa freezes ... Everyone at the barbeque just stopped breathing, with bugged-out eyes and some with open mouths, like the couldn’t believe what they had just seen.”
Haverstock said that it appeared President Bush didn’t understand what was going on around him and First Lady Laura Bush moved over to him quickly, and whispered something in the President’s ear.
What happened next bordered on the sublime, said Haverstock.
“It was apparent that Mrs. Bush told her husband of the faux pas and the President attempted to recover as quickly as he could.”
President Bush, said Haverstock, proceeded to Belly Kiss other members of the German delegation, including Merkel’s husband, as well as First Lady Laura Bush, and members of his own entourage, including the Secret Service agents traveling with the President.
An awkward and uneasy air hung over the barbeque, as the President moved about and other guests mingled, and keeping an eye as to where President Bush was located at all times.
Cheney Asks In Note On Newspaper – “Is This The New Handshake In Europe and
Later, the White House attempted to explain the President’s sudden outburst of Belly Kissing.
Special Counselor and Director of Strategic Communications Dan Bartlett told reporters that President Bush had received some “bad intelligence.”
Before the trip to
Cheney sent over an article cut of the newspaper on the Putin belly kiss, and, writing in the margins, asked “Is this something we should be doing?” and “Is this the new handshake in Europe and Russia?”
White House Mum On Second Medal of Freedom Award For Tenet Advice on Belly Kiss
“We attempted to vet this,” said
“He told me it was solid ... A slam dunk.”
Putin: Cheney Inept At “Note-Writing and Social Graces”
When reached for comment, Putin, who will be the host of the G8 meeting this weekend, was amused.
“Not only is Vice President Cheney an unsuccessful hunter, he seemingly is equally inept at note-writing and social graces.”
Putin was following up on his response to Cheney’s recent criticism, of
There were no comments from the Vice President’s office early this evening, however, sources close to the White House say that Cheney aide David Addington was preparing a Signing Statement for President Bush to condemn Putin and his remarks
The President is more “John Wayne” then “John Doe.”
When pressed of more information, Bartlett admitted that President Bush “may have been rattled” as he arrived at the barbeque, having just received the news of Valerie Plame filing suit against Cheney, Karl Rove and Lewis ‘”Scooter” Libby, and 10 additional “John Doe’s”, for violating her rights in exposing her identity of being a covert CIA agent
“We really can’t comment on a on-going investigation or court case,” said
“I really can’t say,” said
In this photo, taken minutes after the Belly Kissing outburst by President Bush, in which he stunned German Chancellor Angela Merkel, both the President and Merkel lingered in an awkward moment, before First Lady Laura Bush interceded and had the President Belly Kiss the rest of the German delegation, his own entourage and the Secret Service agents on duty