That our pretty princess with René Preval, President-elect of Haiti. I'm assuming they solved all of Haiti's poverty 'n' stuff during their lengthy (one entire hour!) visit. Next up is where it gets delightfully stranger, when Condi is presented with what can be most humorously described as a ukelele lined in cocaine:
It can be more accurately described as a charango, a traditional Andean musical instrument. So what's the gag? That bright green you see is coca leaves! And the guy giving it to her is Evo Morales, the head of the coca growers' union who just got elected President of Bolivia and promised to be "a nightmare" to the US. Ha ha ha! *awkward pause* Ha ha!
Rice gamely strummed the instrument for a moment and posed with it for a Chilean television camera. U.S. officials were checking with Customs, but it's not clear whether Rice can legally bring the instrument into the United States.Wheee! Let's see her strumming the cocapolstered guitar:
No, really! Play it!
Ha ha! We made it especially for you, Condi! Play it!
OMG, that was so much fun. Thank you, Evo Morales, for helping make this trip xtra magical for Condi. I bet she didn't expect your wild 'n' crazy political humor to be so sophisticated! Or so awkwardly effective! He turned the tables brilliantly by transforming a photo-op (which he knew was all he was going to get) into a political opportunity, the exact opposite of what Condi's accustomed to! She never saw it coming.