In the words of Dave Barry: I am pretty sure that I am not making this up. Welcoming the President of the Philippines to the Oval Office today, the Dear Leader said, “I am reminded of the great talent of the — of our Philippine-Americans when I eat dinner at the White House.”
I am constantly surprised at how constantly surprised I can be by this man.
A former student of mine writes that Bush might have added:
“I am reminded of the great talent of the – of our Philippine Americans when I see the 23 year wait time for bringing over the sibling in the Philippines of a U.S. citizen.”
“I am reminded of the great talent of the – of our Philippine Americans whenever Cheney has his heart checked by Filipina nurses.”
“I am reminded of the great talent of the – of our Philippine Americans whenever I read Major General Antonio M. Taguba’s scathing report on Abu Ghraib.”
One could question the last one on the grounds that Bush doesn’t read much.
The truly disgusting thing about it is that Bush could have mentioned that one-quarter of the foreign-born in the United States armed forces are Filipino. But they wouldn’t help out so much at the country club.
Maybe the 40,000 Filipinos in Florida, the 36,000 in Virginia, and the 31,000 Filipinos in Nevada will find some way to contribute to reminding the President of all of this in November…