Friday, October 20, 2006

Condi Encounters Plethora of Matching Armchairs in China, Little Else

It was a big deal when that "I am not a crook" guy went to China. Condi? Eh. She was all, like, "OMG, you guys totally have human rights abuses," and they were, like, "Um, when's the last time you looked in the mirror, OK?"

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (L) meets Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, October 20, 2006. Rice on Friday pressed China on its human rights record, but Beijing countered it had its own problems with the United States. REUTERS/Takanori Sekine/Pool (CHINA)
And that's pretty much that. Yes, there are "stand and shake hands" pics, and dueling podium shots, but mostly matching armchairs. With the Premier:

With the Chinese State Councillor:

I mean... come on! Where are the interesting photo-ops? Send her to a rice paddy! Put her in a cute pointy hat! Surround her with loveable children! Bind her feet! It's not like she's accomplishing anything newsworthy.

UPDATE: The news this morning is that Condi was all, like, "Don't worry, I'll take care of this Korea thing," and then the Chinese guys are all, like, "Um, that's OK, Condi, we'll do it."


Anonymous said...

but those flowers!

I think they read PSP.


Anonymous said...

ya, no doubt the state florist need re_education, but damn i want the carpet in the second.

Anonymous said...

Why does the phrase
"coals to newcastle" come to mind when I think about sending rice to china?


Anonymous said...

Oooh the Chinese seem to have shown some extra initiative and adapted the original matching armchair photo-op template with the addition of extra details such as matching teapots/cups of tea on the small table along with a quite fantastic flower arrangement!

Note that they don't even bother trying to hide their mics in the flower display.

Anonymous said...

Eeep! Now Karen Hughes is likening Princess Ferragamo to some 7th century Muslim wise-woman...she apparently shares her boundless knowledge with all the men in the room. Lol, Condi you tease!

Anonymous said...

Ooops, forgot the link to the article...

samael7 said...

2nd and 3rd pictures: definitely goes down as my favorite floral arrangement for 2006. It's like a giant, flowery peacock! I want to believe that the Premier is using his hands to illustrate something about peacocks. Can they even see each other past the foliage?