Incurious George Goes to Canada

From Holden:

Jeebus. Can it get any more embarrassing?

Start with arrogance…

Q: In the days after September 11th, thousands of Canadians went to Parliament Hill to demonstrate in solidarity with the U.S. and in fact, in cities across the country. Yet public opinion polls and other evidence suggests that now, today, our peoples are in fact diverging; that in fact our peoples are drifting apart. Why do you think that is? And do you have any responsibility for it?

PRESIDENT BUSH: You know, I haven’t seen the polls you look at. We just had a poll in our country where people decided that the foreign policy of the Bush administration ought to be — stay in place for four more years.

Throw in a strawman…

PRESIDENT BUSH: Now look, I fully understand there are some in my country, probably in your country and around the world that do not believe that Iraq has the capacity of self-government, that they’re willing to sign those people up for tyranny. That’s not what I think. And that’s not what a lot of Americans think, and they believe that democracy is possible in Iraq.

And that’s a legitimate point to debate, but I’m the kind of fellow who does what I think is right and will continue to do what I think is right. I’ll consult with our friends and neighbors, but if I think it’s right to remove Saddam Hussein for the security of the United States, that’s the course of action I’ll take. And some people don’t like that. I understand that. But that’s a good thing about a democracy; people can express themselves freely.

Add a measure of cluelessness and a touch of inappropriate laughter…

Q Thank you, Mr. President. Are you prepared to take Iran to the Security Council over its nuclear program, and are you disappointed the IAEA did not take a harder line yesterday?

PRESIDENT BUSH: The Iranians agreed to suspend but not terminate their nuclear weapons program. Our position is is that they ought to terminate their nuclear weapons program. As — I viewed yesterday — decision by the Iranians is a positive step, but is certainly not a — is certainly not the final step. And it’s very important for whatever they do to make sure that the world is able to verify the decision they have made, and so we obviously got more work to do.

Well, I — you said I sound skeptical. I’m — this is — it’s taking a long time to get to the stage where Iran is willing to suspend. (Chuckles.) I mean, think about all the hours of negotiations that our friends, the French, the German and the Brits, have used to get ’em to suspend a program. What we’re interested in is them terminating a nuclear weapons program in a verifiable fashion, and we’ll continue to work with our friends.

And a revealing flashback…

Q My question is to President Bush. After September 11th there were complaints that the Canada-U.S. border was too porous. Since then there have been many changes, but can you please expand on your vision of the border in the future? Does North America need a common security perimeter? And as an aside, how do you think Canada decriminalizing marijuana would affect the border?

PRESIDENT BUSH: (Laughs, laughter.) It’ll probably affect those who use marijuana a lot more than it’ll affect the border. (Chuckles.)

And what you get is another international embarrassment. Thanks a heap, moral values voters.