In this photo released by the Palestinian Authority, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, right, meets with US Assistant Secretary of State David Welch, at his headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah, Friday, July 14, 2006. Abbas urged U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday to press Israel to end its military offensive in the Gaza Strip as the United States donated US$50 million to Palestinian refugees. (AP Photo/Palestinian Authority, Abd Alhalim Abu Askar)Ugh, is it any wonder our heroine passed this one up? I mean, that has got to be the lowest-rent matching armchair photo-op ever! I'm sure Condi was informed of this terrible situation by her crack squad of decorators, swatch-carriers and image consultants, and she wisely agreed with their declaration that the scene staked out for the press availability, as they termed it, was simply too gauche for the glamourous diplotaunte. Appropriately, a proxy was sent in her place, and the frightened, wooden yet tantastic Mr. Welch fit the bill.
And you thought it had something to do with diplomacy. It does! Honey, diplomacy is all about proper furniture placement.