Clueless in Santiago

From Holden:

In addition to scuffling with Chilean police over his security blanket, your preznit found several new ways to embarrass us in front of the world this past weekend.

In a joint public appearance with Lagos, Bush meant to take note of plans for January 30 elections in Iraq, but said instead: “I noticed today that the elections are on schedule for June the 30th.”

And Bush said he and Lagos were determined “to bring drug trafficking to bear,” presumably a mix-up with his frequently stated eagerness to crush that global scourge.

Referring to the relative innocence of the days before the September 11, 2001 strikes, Bush told executives on Saturday: “We thought we were protected forever from trade policy or terrorist attacks because oceans protected us.”

In that same speech, Bush meant to praise the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) meeting here, but instead declared: “Our nation is a Pacific country, as well. And that’s why the OPEC conferences are so important.”

Then there’s the obligatory smirking photo-op in colorful native dress.