U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (R) walks out to greet the press with Sweden's Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt before their meeting at the State Department in Washington November 14, 2007. REUTERS/Molly Riley (UNITED STATES)
We haven't seen one of these photo-ops for a while! Sometimes when Condi's especially busy and her guest is particularly uninteresting, the whole matching armchairs or dueling podiums treatment isn't really called for. That's why I sometimes call this the "bum's rush" photo-op, due to its Have you met my friend? He/She was just going nature. My favorite thing, though, is when the striding statesmen look like they're performing a spirited version of The Madison for the gathered photographers, as with Condi and her Swedish friend above. Hit it! What did the two powerful world players chat about? Heck if I know; nobody reported a thing about it! But the pictures were taken, and that's the important thing, after all.
Things went downhill after that, though, because Dr. Diplamazon had to trade in her tall, blonde playdate* for itsy-bitsy Robert Gates:
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (R) and Defense Secretary Robert Gates walk to a U.S. House of Representatives briefing on current developments in the Middle East, on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 14, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES)
Condi looks like she's having fun! Maybe she likes going places with the wee yet perfectly-formed defense secretary? I really don't think she has a lot of laffs when she does these "progress reports" to Congress. I mean, making up all that stuff must be boring! I wonder if she ever includes really weird things, just to see if the people in the House are seriously listening to her or merely hearing her voice droning on and on? She should try it: "Yes, we have totally solved all wolverine issues in Ramallah, blah, blah, blah, post-it-note-related deaths down 15%, blah, blah, blah." She might as well! Would you notice it if she started just quoting Captain Beefheart lyrics in the middle of one of her dreary Sunday show gigs? I swear I wouldn't.
Also, I'd like to add that Condi's a ripe little tomato today! I really, really wish she had on green tights and a cute little leaf hat to go with that suit. So cute!
*OK, OK, this Swedish guy is interesting in a Micheline Calmy-Rey way in that he's boringly sensible. I find such European politicians difficult to satirize!