Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Another notch in the WH Protocol Office's belt.

Today, President Bush visits Vietnam for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, “looking to burnish his foreign-policy credentials.” He’s off to a miserable start.

Yesterday, the White House website featured a graphic with the flags of the three countries he’s visiting on his trip — Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia. One problem: instead of displaying the Vietnamese flag, the White House graphic featured the old flag of South Vietnam. That flag hasn’t been the official flag of Vietnam since South Vietnam surrendered to North Vietnam in 1975.

Is there an IQ ceiling that White House protocol employees have to fall under to get the job? Flying the Canadian flag upside down, Bush's manhandling the Chinese president, what's next? Serving beef when P.M. Singh comes to visit?

More here.