Monday, January 14, 2008

Condi Confronts Old Nemesis at Festive Drink Palace

It's obvious that I have to make sure to post ALL of the photos featuring Condi selecting and then sipping a festive beverage this morning in Dubai. But that's not all! There's a funny anecdote, too! But first, hmmm, which one looks the least cyanidey?


Let's face it: this is exactly the kind of picture we want. More photo-ops like this, please! Let's ALL have festive beverages right now, OK? I think Condi's date selected something mango:



U.S. National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley compares juice drinks with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (L) during U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House in Dubai January 14, 2008. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)

OK, so here's the funniest, best part! Condi came face-to-face with one of her old enemies... the falcon Remember the last time they met? No? With the scary smurf? OK, here:

October 11, 2005

Let's get the scoop about the return of the falcon from the Kuwait Times:

And what a tent.

A tent with thick carpets, pillows for lounging, blazing lanterns, and food. Lots and lots of it, from bread with honey to grilled meats and sweets, all served by uniformed staff. Before the feast with a small group of White House aides and Emirati elite, the crown prince showed the president around. Next to carpets laid on the sand stood small pedestals, each stuck in the sand like a beach umbrella and each holding a magnificent falcon. At his host's urging, Bush hoisted one of the birds, using a protecti
ve mitt, and held it as the news cameras whirred. When the bird shifted suddenly, a startled Bush jumped slightly, then recovered.

You're making him nervous," Bush told the assembled media. "He never had a press conference before." Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice trailed her boss and kept her distance from the fierce-looking birds. "I'm not good with animals," she was heard to remark. A few minutes later, however, she, too, was holding a bird, though not for long. Bush, who likes short meetings and early bedtimes, spent more than three hours at the tent encampment as a gray sky turned dark under a dramatic moon.

HA HA! OMG, Condi kept her distance from the fierce-looking birds! I am totally dying, here. A few minutes later, however, she, too, was holding a bird...!!! God, I thought this trip was going to be a total waste. I just knew Condi could be exciting again.

OK, one final gag. He's totally going, OMG, I bet she could totally suck a baseball through that thing:


Anonymous said...

In the final photo, doesn't the fellow have the look of "I-hope-the poison-works" ...

ThePoliticalCat said...

Jeebus, I've seen plenty of white men in my time, but Stephen Haddie - I mean Hadley - looks like he just crawled out from under a rock. Is it just me or is he using a sunblock with SPF 250 all the time?

Distributorcap said... know what your boss used that straw for?????

Matthew Hubbard said...

Hadley looks remarkably animated. Smiling, gesturing, very diferent from his usual waxworks pose.

I'm guessing what he might be saying, but the body language looks like "Hey, it's 8 in the morning, and they're all uslim-May, but if you ask nice, you can get some screw in the driver, if you know what I mean. Gettin' my drink on in Dubai, baby! That's what juice does for ya!"

Kelster93 said...

Dubai Guy looks amazed that Condi is actually pounding down her fruity beverage. He's thinking, "Wow, you really CAN'T see camel spit in a blender drink! Guess I lose that bet..."

Lulu Maude said...

Wow! It's official! Condi sucks!

I love documentation! It's so historically responsible.

choff said...

You have to admit that the Saudis can garnish a drink like nobody's business. Condi's looks like a giant strawberry aphid!

dguzman said...

Wow, so that's what it looks like when your country's rolling in dough instead of debt.

Hope there's a lot of tequila in that 'rita. Or LSD.

Anonymous said...

re: the red aphid thingy on condi's glass.

the polite thing to do, of course, is to remove the item that perches on the glass rim, lest it fall, unceremoniously, onto your lap.

my momma taught me right.

Anonymous said...

As I mentioned at PSP's Wonkette spot, Condi chose the red drink because someone told her it contained the blood of Saddam Hussein.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to zip, we at last know: Condi is a vampire...

Anonymous said...

I think the best bit is that poor Georgie jumped when the bird got skittish. I thought he so brave???