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Bush prepares for another visit to a weird foreign country where he can't get a good chimichanga. 

From the New York Times

President Bush likes speed golf and speed tourism — this is the man who did the treasures of Red Square in 18 minutes — but here in the lake-studded capital of a nation desperately eager to connect with America, he set a new record.

Mr. Bush emerged from his hotel for only one nonofficial event, a 15-minute visit to the Joint P.O.W./M.I.A. Accounting Command, which searches for the remains of the 1,800 Americans still listed as missing in the Vietnam War.

There were almost no Vietnamese present, just a series of tables displaying photographs of the group’s painstaking work, and helmets, shoes and replicas of bones recovered by the 425 members of the command. He asked a few questions and then sped off in his motorcade.

 . . .

On Saturday, Mr. Bush’s national security adviser, Stephen J. Hadley, conceded that the president had not come into direct contact with ordinary Vietnamese, but said that they connected anyway.

“If you’d been part of the president’s motorcade as we’ve shuttled back and forth,” he said, reporters would have seen that “the president has been doing a lot of waving and getting a lot of waving and smiles.”

That's right, people.  Our president, who couldn't bring himself to visit Vietnam back in the '60s, can't even visit it when he's actually in country.  The lack of intellectual curiosity is almost as baffling as Laura and Condi romping around an Asian country dressed in white, the color of, inter alia, mourning for the "locals".  Classssssssy.

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