On the Plane

Archive: July 6, 2008 - July 12, 2008

More About the Presidential Birthday

By Michael Abramowitz RUSUTSU, Japan -- Information keeps flowing in about the continuing celebrations of President Bush's 62nd birthday. At his private dinner Sunday with Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, Bush was presented with a windbreaker and a birthday cake in the shape of a baseball park. He also received a...

By Chris Stanford | July 7, 2008; 11:06 PM ET | Comments (11)

Obama-McCain Rivalry Reaches Around the World

By Michael Abramowitz TOYAKO, Japan -- Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda showed diplomatic dexterity in avoiding a direct question Sunday about the U.S. presidential elections. During his news conference here with President Bush, I asked Fukuda whether he was "paying close attention to the American election? And in particular, I'm...

By Post Editor | July 6, 2008; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bush's Olympic Game Plan: Cultivating a Relationship

By Michael Abramowitz TOYAKO, Japan -- As the start of the Olympic Games approaches, expect incidents to generate criticism of President Bush's decision to attend the opening ceremonies in Beijing -- a decision that Bush explained Sunday was aimed at avoiding an "affront" to the Chinese people. A case in...

By Post Editor | July 6, 2008; 8:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

G-8 Sherpas

By Michael Abramowitz TOYAKO, Japan, July 6 -- Sherpas typically refer to the Nepalese porters who help climbers reach the top of Himalayan mountains. But here at the annual summit of the Group of Eight nations, sherpas and their sidekicks, the sous-sherpas and yaks, are different sorts of characters altogether....

By Washington Post Editor | July 6, 2008; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sky-High Birthday

By Michael Abramowitz ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, July 6--We're flying to Hokkaido, the northern Japanese island where President Bush will attend his final meeting of the Group of Eight, the world's leading industrial powers whose leaders vconvene once a year to thrash out carefully worded communiques on siuch issues as...

By Washington Post Editor | July 6, 2008; 9:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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