You can take Dubya out of Texas, but you can't take ... well, you know. Mistakes happen.
Yesterday, the White House entertained Queen Elizabeth II. About 14 minutes into the arrival ceremony, Bush committed his first gaffe -- a near-implication that the Queen was about 300 years old.
"You helped our nation celebrate its bicentennial in seventeen s ... in nineteen seventy-six," Bush said. He turned and winked. The Queen shot back a glare.
Geez, give the President a break. When's the last time we cared what a Monarch thought? We fought a war to get them out of here.
He didn't actually finish the sentence. And it could have been a lot worse. He could've said:
"Queeny here doesn't look a bit over 200."
"You know, Queen, you look a lot like an older Helen Mirren."
"What's with that goofy hat?"
You see? It could have been worse. At least he didn't do like his dad, and throw up on a dignitary.
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In case we do care what they think, here's what the British newspapers reported:
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