Monday, October 24, 2005

We're Americans -- we don't need to know anything about anything:

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw joined Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for a weekend tour of her home state to promote understanding of the Anglo-American alliance, but Alabamans struggled to name him....

At a ceremony to unveil statues in Birmingham, speakers variously called the visitor Mr Shaw and Mr Snow. They also mangled his title, appointing him secretary of state to the commonwealth of the United Kingdom....

Incidentally, while I think Condi's clumsily constructed back-to-my-roots tour/photo op with a global mover and shaker was an attempt to test the waters for an '08 presidential bid, I also think it was part of an administration effort to try to improve its image with dames, who are, y'know, real bleeding hearts, so it's easy to play on their sympathies and get them to tell pollsters they don't want to see any Bushies frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs (see my previous post).

And although it wasn't the source for the Rice-Straw story, this seems like as good a time as any to add Americans Are Dumb to the blogroll.

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