Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Condi 'n' Itsy Bitsy Gates Find Kleenex™ Aplenty in Saudi Arabia

In this photo released by Saudi News Agency, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, second left, and U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates, left, meet with Saudi King Abdullah in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, late, Tuesday, July 31, 2007. (AP Photo/HO, Saudi News Agency)

And, well, there you have it! I don't really have much to say, other than noting that it's kinda funny the the Secretary of State has to be chaperoned by the Secretary of Defense, isn't it? Mixed-messages city! I like the crowded, opulent setting, crammed full of paintings, lamps, awkwardly-placed translators, candy dishes... and, of course, Kleenex™ boxes! I knew they wouldn't let me down. Let's play spot the tissue dispensers, OK? Here goes:

More? Certainly:

Saudi Arabia: where no nose is an island.


Distributorcap said...

you know....maybe it isnt the oil Bush and Cheney are after -- but the endless supply of tissue paper -- the kind of paper made from decaying dinosaurs like Bush and Cheney

Christopher1974 said...

It's like a set for a Barbara Walters special! Everyone needs more soft focus, though. Especially Gates, he's not all that. Girl could use some help from the camera man.

Matthew Hubbard said...

But, your nose shouldn't run... it's a dry heat.

On another note: Islam has prohibitions against representational art. That's pretty much the whole idea behind mosiacs. Maybe it's just in churches, because these folks seem to have a lot of representational paintings on their walls.

Peteykins said...

Matty, not everybody agrees on that interpretation of the Koran. There were several prominent Arab critics of the Taliban's destruction of the Afghani Buddhas, for instance. Furthermore, early Islamic art is heavily representational.

A. Diderot said...

Could that be Hosni Mubarak of Egypt in the bottom picture? Was he on her kleenex junket? More importantly, is it possible to send the good doctor a copy of "Color Me Beautiful"? (I am sure it is available on Amazon) I cannot stand her in the whites and beiges and (horror) black. It all washes her out like the ash on a cigarette. Please someone take her aside with a mirror and some color swatches. Perhaps she is an elusive 'autumn', whatever, she needs some hue.
I can't stand the pallor anymore.

There. I have finished.

Anonymous said...

Condi's in the Middle East again! I can't wait for the pics of her and Tzipi. I'm a BIG fan of Tzipi. The woman should be PM. Anyway, does anyone know where I can find a great Tzipi blog? Thanks.

HRH King Friday XIII, Ret. said...

End U.S. depenence on foreign kleenex!!!

Matthew Hubbard said...

Thanks for the art history lesson, Princess. Different interpretations of a religious text! Who'd a thunk it?

Also, I feel a little bad about using the word 'churches' when I know it should have been 'mosques'. I'm not a complete Philistine.

Anonymous said...

Dear Princess, and members of her court, pray tell,

When will a scholar write a study entitled "Kleenex: US Soft Power at Its Best."

Gee, if anyone, anywhere, could blow one's nose properly with these disposable American paper tissues (our throw-it-away standard par excellence) that could end all global conflicts and promote our nation's vital interests in the Middle East.

As a USA-all-the-way type of guy, I declare the Kleenex boxes on these Saudi tables better be US-made. If not, stop all "aid" (weapons sales) to Saudi Arabia.

Or better still ... no, I won't say bomb the Saudis.

dguzman said...

Is it me, or is Itty Bitty Gatesy turning to get a better face on the camera?

If so, uh, keep turnin', baby. Like, Linda-Blair-keep-turnin'.

And I second the "no more white/ivory suits" motion.

Anonymous said...

I cannot imagine what the deal is with all the Kleenex.
But whatever's in those candy dishes looks kinda old, sticky and nasty.
I bet it's made from dates. :/