Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Condi Achieves Second Major Asian Photo-Op Objective

It's only her first day on the continent, but Condi's trip is totally superfantastic! Earlier today, the Japanese quickly fulfilled the matching armchairs photo-op requirement specified in Dr. Ferragamo's contract, and they've moved right along, with typical Japanese efficiency, to the dueling podiums stage:

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (L) answers a reporter's question as Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Aso watches during a joint news conference in Tokyo October 18, 2006. Rice reassured Japan on Wednesday that Washington would stand by a commitment to protect its Asian ally, where North Korea's atomic test has stirred debate about acquiring nuclear weapons. REUTERS/Itsuo Inouye/Pool (JAPAN)
So now that Condi's primary photo-objectives have been taken care of, the rest of the trip is just gravy!

You know what my hopes are for this trip? I'm pining for Condi to do a little photo-op hotdogging and try for the tricky yet adorable "surrounded by a protective cloud of adorable local children" availability so favored by her pal Karen Hughes. Keep your fingers crossed!

UPDATE -- innovative triple matching armchair shot:

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (C) meets Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso (L) and Minister of State for Defense Fumio Kyuma (R) at the Foreign Ministry's Iikura guesthouse, in Tokyo October 18, 2006. Rice arrived in Tokyo for talks with the Japanese foreign and defence ministers as intelligence experts warned a second nuclear test was likely following an increase in activity at the site of North Korea's test on October 9. REUTERS/Franck Robichon/Pool (JAPAN)
The Japanese are so advanced. Updates as they roll in!


Anonymous said...

What about a three-way matching armchair photo-op?

I have a feeling this will be a magical trip this week!

Lulu Maude said...

Looks like a seated dance number, with the Japanese as chorus boys:

You coax the blues right out of the horn, Mame,
You charm the husk right off of the corn, Mame!

dusty said...

Hot damn! And they work the translators in so well! Praise jesus and pass me a flower arraignment or two.

Carmen Sutra said...

OMG Lulu! You hit the nail right on the head! I love that shot. With all the geometry going on, it looks like a kaleidoscope.

I hope they work in dueling conference table scene with perfectly aligned water bottles. I would love to see how the Japanese add their flair. Maybe precision-aligned bento boxes or Hello Kitty stickers.

The Right Reverend Rabbi Judah said...

Someone's head's got to roll, though, for the non-matching aides in the background.

Anonymous said...


As you undoubtedly noted, the gold background (esp in the second pix) aims to give the photos an iconic quality, as if our Dear Leaders were being immortalized in a heavenly setting where the permanence of a luxurious metal has replaced the ephemeral, organic, all-too-human world we actually all live in.

Thank you as always for the valuable commentary.

pissed off patricia said...

It's just so very condi, isn't it?

She is going to get things all fixed just as she always does (doesn't)

Anonymous said...

i think i'm turning japanese i think i'm turning japanese i really think so... (if you did not have access to some 80's alt rock you will be lost)

i bet condi has that on her iPod. i was always told it was a song about self pleasure... hmmmm

Anonymous said...

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