Bush the Cowboy

Bush rescued his own Secret Service agent while down in Chile over the weekend. Of course, all the Bushies think it’s cool (this includes me), and I’m sure all the anti-Bushies are just rolling their eyes. Anyway, it’s something to talk about. You can see a video of it here. The camera angle is really bad so it doesn’t look like too much was going on. This write up makes it more exciting:

In the fracas that ensued, amid a flurry of half nelsons, one Secret Service agent wound up jammed against a wall. “You’re not stopping me! You’re not stopping me! I’m with the president!” an unidentified agent can be heard yelling on videotape of the mayhem.

It took Bush several minutes to realize what was happening. The president and the first lady walked on through the door onto a big red carpet, looking relaxed. They greeted Lagos and his wife, Luisa Duran. “You want us to pose here?” Bush asked Lagos with a grin, and they turned to face a wall of flashes.

Then Bush either realized he was missing something, or he heard the commotion. The president, who is rarely alone, even in his own house, turned and walked back to the front door unaccompanied, facing the backs of a sea of dark suits. Bush, with his right hand, reached over the suits and pointed insistently at Trotta. At first the officials, with their backs to him and their heads in the rumble, did not realize it was the president intervening. Bush then braced himself against someone and lunged to retrieve the agent, who was still arguing with the Chileans. The shocked Chilean officials then released Trotta.

Trotta walked in behind Bush, who looked enormously pleased with himself. He was wearing the expression that some critics call a smirk, and his eyebrows shot up as if to wink at bystanders.

Bush adjusted his right cufflink and muttered something to Lagos, took the first lady’s arm and headed into the dinner of grilled fish.

Of course, the Chilean press corps, who happen to be pros at spotting cowboys, didn’t like it:

Chilean journalists were critical of Bush’s actions. Marcelo Romero, a reporter with Santiago’s newspaper La Cuarta, said: “All of us journalists agree that President Bush looked like a cowboy. It was total breach of protocol. I’ve seen a lot of John Wayne movies, and President Bush was definitely acting like a cowboy.”

Oh, shut up. What a damn sissy. Since when is making sure bodyguards are actually, you know, guarding a body a breech of protocol? (via Best of the Web)

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