Thursday, July 09, 2009

My day at the G8

I spent the afternoon in L'Aquila, Italy, attending the G8 summit. Pugistan is not a formal member of the Group of Eight industrialized nations, but the delegates recognize that we are a rising power, so most of them are trying to get on my good side. (Hint: Rawhide helps.)

While there, I had my first meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama and French leader Nicolas Sarkozy. We kept the business talk to a minimum, instead focusing on building a rapport as we toured areas damaged by an April earthquake and admired Italy's abundant natural beauty.


LemonySarah said...

Odd. When I saw this photo earlier today, you had been Photoshopped out! This is an outrage. Then again, President Obama probably didn't want to be upstaged by Your Eminence again.

The Great Rock Eater said...

Such an outage that they would remove you from the picture!! How shallow and cowardly that they are not strong enough to be seen in your presance!!

Hank said...

Ayatollah, sir.....kinda looks like that Obama fella is checkin' out that gal, and that french fella is smirkin'. You know anything about this?

Zeus said...

Did you by chance ask Mr. Sarkozy about his latest legislation concerning burkas? I'd be very interested to see what he had to say. How do you feel about his policy regarding burkas, Mugsy?

Ayatollah Mugsy said...

Yes, it is an outrage, LemonySarah and Great Rock Eater. But I am accustomed to having political figures distance themselves from me. It was no different in the previous administration, when Dick Cheney publicly took the blame after I shot our hunting partner in the face at point-blank range (and not by accident). Media accounts made no mention of my presence on the trip; it was all covered up by the White House.

I wasn't looking at Obama or Sarkozy, Hank.

Sarkozy and I were primarily interested in checking out the Italian ... scenery, Zeus. But I believe that the idea of a burqa ban is a foolish infringement on personal liberty. I do, however, think that the women should compromise by removing their veils for their drivers' license photos.