Friday, June 30, 2006

Oh, yes...thank you quality American Media

Looks like somebody took some of Rush's viagra.

See if you can spot my enhancement of this USA Today article:

The love fest began with an elaborate welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn and an exchange of gifts inside afterward. Koizumi gave the sports-loving president a bike and an enlarged version of the Japanese postage stamp that features Babe Ruth. The Bushes gave the Elvis-loving prime minister a refurbished 1954 jukebox that includes 25 songs by his favorite singer.

"Prime Minister Koizumi searched the keys and found 'I Want You, I Need You, I Love You,'" first lady Laura Bush said. "He and the president sang a duet."

In the evening, the Bushes were hosting a formal dinner, the eighth of their White House tenure. It was in honor of Koizumi, who leaves office in September after five years in office.

The divorced Koizumi did not have a date. He made his entrance between the president and Mrs. Bush, who wore a taupe dress by Bill Blass with cherry blossoms hand-painted on the Chantilly lace bodice.

The guest list included two Japanese-American Olympic athletes — speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi — astronaut Soichi Noguchi and baseball great Hank Aaron.

On Friday, the U.S. and Japanese leaders had their sights set on Graceland, Presley's mansion in Memphis Their tour guides: Elvis' former wife, Priscilla, and his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley.

Bush paid Koizumi the ultimate compliment, comparing the prime minister to Elvis, who Bush noted also once visited the White House.

"Like you, he had great hair," Bush joked during the dinner toasts. "Like you, he was known to sing in public. And like you, he won admirers in countries far from home."

Koizumi gave the president a pop culture compliment in return.

"I would like to pay my sincerest respects to President Bush, who has been so steadfast and determined in protecting freedom and justice. I sometimes see the image of the United States as Gary Cooper in my favorite movie, 'High Noon,'" Koizumi said in his toast, drawing a shoulder-shaking laugh from Bush.

At the White House, they dined on beef with cracked black pepper, shitake mushroom jus, silver corn pilaf and sesame-coated wild asparagus. The gold-colored china was from the Clinton administration.

Also on the menu: Maryland she crab soup; jicama and cucumber chiffonade; and an ornate desert modeled after a bonsai garden, with a chocolate tree on a base of kumquat-stuffed cherries, surrounded by miniature chocolate pagodas.

The Japanese theme extended to the decorations.

The tables were covered in green silk and large spheres of green cymbidium orchids, which grow in the wild in Japan. The orchids rested on top of tall clear glass cylinders that allowed guests to see each other across the table.

Three bonsai trees on loan from the National Arboretum were set up in the Grand Foyer. The menus themselves were decorated with a drawing of a blossom from the cherry trees that were given to the U.S. as a symbol of friendship from the Japanese nearly 100 years ago.

The entertainment was provided by the Brian Setzer Orchestra, known for song "Jump Jive An' Wail."

The formal part of the evenining ended and the two leaders retired to the White House's private quarters where the two leaders touched each others' respective hunks of burning love well into the morning hours.

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