He Hu Laughs Last, Laughs Loudest
See Update below–the open mike is not on the Hu side of Bush, it’s on the Putin side. Thanks to EasyRider for checking my work and seeing the funkiness with the video.
Remember those slights Hu Jintao suffered when he visited the United States? The Taiwanese anthem, the Falun Gong protestor? I thought then that might be revenge for the way Bush was made to look like an idiot when he visited Beijing.
You’ll notice that the order is different, in the video than in the WaPo transcript. For the moment, let’s use the video for placement and the transcript for chronology. The transcript (so, presumably, the accidental taping) starts with Bush being distracted by an aide.
Someone, probably an aide, asks Bush something, evidently whether he wants prepared closing remarks for the end of the summit:
Bush: No. Just gonna make it up. I’m not going to talk too damn long like the rest of them. Some of these guys talk too long.
Then someone who lives in "the neighborhood" yet 8 hours away–the WaPo speculates that it is Hu Jintao–gives Bush a little geography lesson.
The camera is focused elsewhere and it is not clear whom Bush istalking to, but possibly Chinese President Hu Jintao, a guest at thesummit.
Bush : Gotta go home. Got something to dotonight. Go to the airport, get on the airplane and go home. How aboutyou? Where are you going? Home?
Bush : This is your neighborhood. It doesn’t take you long to get home. How long does it take you to get home?
Reply is inaudible.
Bush : "Eight hours? Me too. Russia’s a big country and you’re a big country."