Yesterday, Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo visited the White House. The trip occurred in the wake of the tragedy in that country where a typhoon devastated the coast areas and capsized a ferry carrying over 800 passengers last week.
So, sad, but really not too difficult a duty for a Head of State when such a foreign leader visits; you sympathize and make a gracious statement on the tragedy.
I want to tell you how proud I am to be the President of a nation that — in which there’s a lot of Philippine-Americans. They love America and they love their heritage. And I reminded the President that I am reminded of the great talent of the — of our Philippine-Americans when I eat dinner at the White House. (Laughter.)
Yes it is appalling indeed. But it certainly makes sense that such a thoughtless bit of buffoonery came from the son of this woman who while visiting Katrina victims in her home town:
"What I’m hearing which is sort of scary is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality.
"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this–this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."
Oh, we definitely need to continue this tradition with his designated successor don’t we?
(pic from Reidblog)