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Reuters Hits Bush For Near Slip Of Tongue

From those perfect beings at Reuters:

Bush nearly places Queen Elizabeth in 18th century

Mon May 7, 2007

By Caren Bohan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush, no stranger to the occasional verbal misstep, nearly placed the Queen in the 18th century on Monday in welcoming her to the White House on a state visit.

The Queen and Prince Philip were treated to a formal arrival ceremony on the White House South Lawn, complete with a marching fife-and-drum corps.

Trumpets heralded the arrival of the dignitaries. The U.S. Air Force Band played national anthems before 7,000 invited guests on a sunny spring day.

Both Bush and the Queen addressed the crowd as the royal couple approached the end of a six-day U.S. visit that included ceremonies marking the 400th anniversary of the British settlement in Jamestown, Virginia, and the Kentucky Derby.

Bush noted the Queen’s long history of dealing with successive American governments, just barely stopping himself before dating her to 1776, the year the 13 colonies declared their independence from Britain.

The American people are proud to welcome your majesty back to the United States, a nation you’ve come to know very well. After all you’ve dined with 10 U.S. presidents. You’ve helped our nation celebrate its bicentennial in 17 — in 1976,” Bush said.

Bush looked at the Queen sheepishly. She peered back at him from beneath her black and white hat…

Wow. Reuters published a two page story about this almost “outrage.”

It’s almost as if they are trying to find fault with him.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 7th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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