The Ugly American Abroad

From Holden:

Pardon me, but does Chimpy really need to occupy 700 luxury hotel rooms when he visits Latvia next month?

Hundreds of people with reservations to stay in Riga’s finest hotels will be bumped from their rooms and housed on a ferry during U.S. President George W. Bush’s visit to Latvia next month.

The Latvian government on Monday chartered a ferry to accommodate visitors whose hotel reservations were revoked to make room for Bush and his delegation of hundreds during his May 6-7 visit.

The delegation needed more than 700 rooms in central Riga, prompting the government to ask many of the city’s best hotels to clear space.