Although one could probably figure out my political leanings through continual reading of this site, I’ve pretty much avoided being overtly partisan. But I did want to point out the following found in the Washington Post today:
As he barnstormed through Japan, South Korea and China, with a final stop in Mongolia still to come, (George) Bush visited no museums, tried no restaurants, bought no souvenirs and made no effort to meet ordinary local people.
“I live in a bubble,” Bush once said, explaining his anti-tourist tendencies by citing the enormous security and logistical considerations involved in arranging any sightseeing. “That’s just life.”
The Bush spirit trickles down to many of his top advisers, who hardly go out of their way to sample the local offerings either. A number of the most senior White House officials on the trip, perhaps seeking the comforts of their Texas homes, chose to skip the kimchi in South Korea to go to dinner at Outback Steakhouse — twice.
Wait, wait, wait…they chose Outback Steakhouse to local Korean cuisine??
Are they insane??? Especially for what they charge for the onion blossom!
Of course, it may be simply because Outback gave 96% of their campaign contributions to the Republicans, but this is me being cynical.
In their defence, eating new and unfamiliar food while on a 7 day tour of any foreign country can be stressfull to a system. That, and they are probably also trying to give confidence to the safety of beef in wake of the ongoing Mad Cow concerns that Japan has shown.
But still…you guys couldn’t eat local even once? Sheesh.
Thanks to Atrios for the Heads up