Texans can’t handle pressure ….. or their beer!

It seems Texans can’t handle the pressure of summits if their dearly beloved ‘family’, the Bushes are anything to go by.

The above video reminds us of Bush senior’s embarassing moment in Japan 1992 when he ended up in the host’s lap after fainting under the pressure of international negotiations. Now his son joins him today in Germany after bottling out of this mornings G8 sessions with other leaders. Both tried to blame the host’s food for their problems. Charming. It appears that Texans just can’t cut the mustard then the pressures on.

The leaders were filmed yesterday evening on the terrace of their summit building, sitting around the table enjoying a beer. Bush is shown pouring his bottle of beer into his glass. Next thing we see is his beer shooting out over the top of his glass and all over the table. Bush rather embarassingly leans over and slurps up the excess, … from his glass.

These Texans just can’t handle their beer.

And on Climate Change, well ain’t that ‘some sort of cocktail Ms Merkel? I’ll have one of those!’ Bush may well have said.

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12 Responses to Texans can’t handle pressure ….. or their beer!

  1. the Grit says:

    Hi to whoever wrote this,

    Bush doesn’t drink alcohol. He’s a recovering alcoholic, and has given it up for many years. However, if the stories I’ve heard of his younger years are true, his capacity for imbibing was, at one time, more than enough to drink any European under the table 🙂

    On the other hand, this does bring up the question of why Europeans are so intolerant of the social skills demonstrated by others? Considering that the vast majority of the world’s population will never get a shot at a fancy meal which is the basis of the article you point to, it would seem more rational to pay attention to the policy decisions being made rather than to which fork was used with which course. I guess it’s a transatlantic thing.

    the Grit

  2. matt says:

    You’re right, it was of course a non-alcoholic ‘beer’. Still spilt it all over the place like the cowboy he proudly claims to be. Sure, call it a cultural thing.

    The basis of the article is to have a go a Bush and his bumblings. Not difficult to do of course. Guess when Hillary gets in we’ll be cussing her latest hair-style.

  3. earthpal says:

    Considering that the vast majority of the world’s population will never get a shot at a fancy meal which is the basis of the article you point to, it would seem more rational to pay attention to the policy decisions being made rather than to which fork was used with which course.

    Actually Grit, you’re right to point out that the vast majority of people that those leaders are meant to be pledging to help will never get a shot at a fancy meal. In fact, they’ll never get a shot at a meal, let alone a fancy one. So maybe those leaders should show some sensitivity when they meet up to discuss the world’s hungry instead of spending thousands of our tax dollars on ludicrous banquets and futile summits. Maybe instead of running up obscene hotel/flight/security expenses, they should budget like the rest of us and the money (our money!) they save could be used for the betterment of humankind.

  4. matt says:

    Oh but earthpal, those little trappings of power are what they look forward to in their day. 🙂

  5. the Grit says:

    Hi earthpal,

    Thanks. On the bright side, they did come up with 60 billion or so for aid to Africa, so that’s something. Oh, and they gave tens of thousands of young people a chance travel and expand their awareness of other lands and cultures, not to mention, the chance to get healthy exercise throwing rocks 😉

    the Grit

  6. earthpal says:

    Hi Grit.

    What they say and what they do are world’s apart. We all know that. They have still to deliver on the aid pledges they made two years ago. And some of their existing pledges are included in that $60bn anyway. You can fool some of the people…..

    The same empty rhetoric. The same empty pledges repackaged.

  7. the Grit says:

    Hi earthpal,

    Actually, I got that figure wrong; it should be $30 billion. However, I just checked at, http://usinfo.state.gov/af/africa/aid_to_africa.html, and we spent $3.2 billion last year on AIDS aid in Africa. Of course, finding out the details of where that money went is a bit more difficult. Still, we seem to be on track toward meeting our commitments. Time will tell, maybe 😉

    the Grit

  8. matt says:

    Hey Grit,

    The Coffee House has awarded you a specially commissioned photo.

    Congratulations!

  9. earthpal says:

    Hi Grit.

    When you said $60Bn, I thought you were talking about the $60Bn they pledged this year in Germany which will be donated over the next few years.

    According to the Aid agencies they are way off-track for meeting their 2010 targets.

  10. the Grit says:

    Hi earthpal,

    This would not be the first time politicians have confused me, and, I suspect, it will not be the last. It would be oh so nice if they would only talk about what they are going to do next year! Anyway, the real problem I have with the aid to Africa situation is in knowing what is being done with it. I have a strong feeling it is like aid to New Orleans, meaning that a hefty percentage of it is disappearing into the pockets of various politicians and their friends. There has to be a better way of going about these things.

    the Grit

  11. matt says:

    > There has to be a better way of going about these things.

    The Bill Gates Foundation? Is this a better way for example; are they less wasteful?

  12. the Grit says:

    Hi Matt,

    I hope the photo came with a donation in my name, or, at least, a shipment of grits to Africa.

    As to the Gates Foundation, I can’t see them being more wasteful than Government on their end. The real problem is Government on Africa’s end. It will be interesting to see what Bill can do.

    Hi earthpal,

    OK. Does that $60 billion include the previously pledged $30 billion? Of course, now that we have liberals in charge of our legislature, they are going to want our share of that money to go toward buying votes here in the States, so Bush may not be able to follow up on his plans.

    the Grit

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