On the Plane

At Olympics, Bush Is 'First Fan'

By Michael Abramowitz

BEIJING, Aug. 10 - President Bush appeared to be enjoying himself immensely as he played First Fan over the weekend.

On Sunday, Bush was in the crowd, cheering and waving the American flag as Michael Phelps smashed the world record in the 400-meter individual medley. Afterwards Bush, his father George H.W. Bush, first lady Laura Bush and daughter Barbara met the swim team in the basement of the aquatic center, posing for pictures and glad-handing.

"God, what a thrill to cheer for you!" Bush gushed.

Later in the day, after dinner at the U.S. ambassador's house, Bush was planning to take in the big U.S.-China men's basketball game, accompanied by Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, a long-time friend of the Bush family who served as his father's interpreter during a 1977 tour of Tibet. "He told me he's going to be yelling at the top of his lungs," Bush told reporters today.

Over the past three days, Bush has also gone on a mountain bike ride on the Olympic course, visited the women's softball team (where he declined the coach's invitation to take a few practice swings) and watched the U.S. women whack the Czech Republic in basketball. The first lady seemed a bit bored, yawning openly on several occasions; she was perhaps tired after her early morning private tour of the Forbidden City, the former Imperial Palace in the middle of Beijing.

Bush's exploits have been creating a bit of a buzz in Beijing, especially his widely captured tap on the back of a bikini-clad women's volleyball player Saturday. Indeed, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao brought the subject up when he sat down for a meeting with Bush on Sunday afternoon.

"You also spent some time with the beach volleyball players," noted Wen, followed by a moment of grinning silence and chuckling by Bush.

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Russia sends a love poem to Ukraine via the war in Georgia: don't run away from me or this could happen to you too.

The world is watching how U.S. betrayed its ally Georgia as the Georgian troops retreat from the Russian Tanks. Now no countries will ever trust the U.S.

The U.S. bend over when faced with threat from the commie KGB Putin. The U.S. weakness before the Russians is on display to the world. This is a total humiliation for the Americans.

It's like the old western gunslinger movie where Putin says to Bush: "Do you feel lucky" + "Go ahead, make my day". And Bush blinks!

This proves to the world Bush is a bully to small kids(e.g. Iraq) but a coward to someone(e.g. Russia) of his own age.

Posted by: Mickey | August 10, 2008 2:05 PM

Russia sends a love poem to Ukraine via the war in Georgia: don't run away from me or this could happen to you too.

The world is watching how U.S. betrayed its ally Georgia as the Georgian troops retreat from the Russian Tanks. Now no countries will ever trust the U.S.

The U.S. bend over when faced with threat from the commie KGB Putin. The U.S. weakness before the Russians is on display to the world. This is a total humiliation for the Americans.

It's like the old western gunslinger movie where Putin says to Bush: "Do you feel lucky" + "Go ahead, make my day". And Bush blinks!

This proves to the world Bush is a bully to small kids(e.g. Iraq) but a coward to someone(e.g. Russia) of his own age.

Posted by: Mickey | August 10, 2008 2:06 PM

Yes, Mickey, the US should nuke Russia. Get real and grow up, kid.

For what it's worth, look at all the conflicts in the world. No one cares when it's anyone but the US doing the killing. The world just shrugs. The US is viewed as a god by most people in the world. A god that either doesn't do enough or does too much.

Posted by: JB | August 10, 2008 2:51 PM


george bush sure seems to like hanging out with the women athletes in beijing...

it's too bad he doesn't have the same fondness for visiting the u.s. troops that are giving their lives by fighting his war against the iraqis so that the american big oil companies exxon/mobile and shell can resume their rape of the middle east.

think george will stop off in iraq and spend 3 DAYS with the troops? and i'm not talking flying into the baghdad airport at 2 in the morning under the cloak of darkness with their shades drawn... i'm wanting to see our FEARLESS WARTIME PRESIDENT go visit downtown fallujah and tikrit... oh, and also visit afghanistan.. it seems to be a bit of a problem area there again.

p.s. laura bush is bored at the olympics in beijing? she is seen constantly seen yawning? poor thing.. maybe she should go have her hair done at a supercuts there, and then have a nice american meal. why should laura bush have to endure china while in china?

george and laura are quite the dynamic duo, huh? with george bush sniffing lady volleyball players a$$es, and laura bored to tears.. maybe they should just go back to their little american bubble in washington and quit embarrassing us any further.

Posted by: BOB | August 10, 2008 3:18 PM

Hey Mickey . . . I think you've been living in Disney World a little to long.

Bob . . . you're simply a moron.

Posted by: Donald | August 10, 2008 6:14 PM

I personally think it's great that the President has gone to China to attend the Olympics.

But now he should return to the US and at least try to do something productive his last few months in Office. There's the high price of oil, there's the credit/financial crisis and oh the invasion of Georgia, an independent and country with which the US has a good relationship.

Posted by: Paul | August 10, 2008 6:36 PM

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donald? donald duck?

wow! i didn't think you could type!!!

it's amazing what they can teach fowl to do these days.. too bad you still haven't mastered the art of having your own opinion.


Posted by: BOB | August 10, 2008 6:41 PM

LOL . . . quack . . . quack, quack, quack . . . quack, quack, quack . . . there, that's my opinion of you and your remarks . . . QUACK ! ! !

Posted by: Donald | August 10, 2008 9:01 PM

Watching First Fan "W" incorrectly displaying an American flag from his seat at the games was embarrassing. It is a shame that "W" still hasn't figured out how to display the American flag when he displayed it backwards-then again, if "W" had actually participated in the military (as he claims) he would know the correct manner in which to display the U.S. flag. First Fan "W" claims he's had to make some "tough decisions"--it's ashame he didn't get back to DC and make some real decisions about the Russian attacks. Strike 3, get him out of the game-oh that's right, he already is!

Posted by: Concerned | August 17, 2008 11:48 PM

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