President Bush rides with members of the Chinese Olympic cycling team on the Laoshan Olympic Mountain Bike Course in Beijing. (Charles Dharapak, Associated Press)
The Washington Post‘s headline writers illustrate the success of his trip as follows, and somehow manage to be both more and less pointed in their commentary: “Bush’s Asia Trip Meets Low Expectations” (Washington Post, November 21, 2005).
But you know what? We’re at least proud to say he is so totally beating those Chinamen! You show them who invented bicycling, George! And we’ll pretend it wasn’t the French or the Germans. And that no one can ever, ever, ever pass you on the bikepaths. Or tell you that you’re wrong. About anything at all.
And then there’s this, which, as always, is unrelated…from “House Approves Spending Reductions”, Washington Post, November 18, 2005:
The House narrowly approved a broad five-year budget plan early this morning that squeezes programs for the poor, for college students and for farmers, handing Republican leaders a hard-fought victory after weeks of resistance in GOP ranks.
No word yet on whether or not the Pointless-but-Pricey Trips Abroad Appropriations Bill (H.J.Res.27, H.R. 48) will be vetoed once it hits the president’s desk.