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    Leader of Opposition in Australia made part of his speech in Mandarin in Apec meeting:,23599,22373556-2,00.html

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    Hmm, this was on Thursday right? Saw it on the news while I was preparing Chicken Rice for dinner The same day Chaser went through 2 police check points in the city

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    Very impressive indeed. I wish him all the very best in his elections next year.
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    Something to do with APEC.

    Bush slips up on Apec name
    NZPA | Friday, 7 September 2007

    US President George W Bush has mistaken the name of the conference he's travelled halfway around the world to attend, in front of a summit of business leaders in Sydney.

    Mr Bush, in Australia to attend the Apec (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit of world leaders, took to the stage at the Sydney Opera House this morning and thanked Prime Minister John Howard for his introduction and for being such a "kind host" for the Opec (Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries) summit.

    "I mean Apec summit," he said.

    "I've been invited to the Opec summit next year.

    "The Apec summit."

    The faux pas brought laughter from his audience inside the auditorium.

    White House aides later said Bush was joking and would not, in fact, attend an Opec summit.

    Mr Bush also stumbled over his pronunciation of Jemaah Islamiah, the regional terror network.

    And in another miscue, he botched the host country's name, referring to Mr Howard's visit to Iraq in 2006 as a thank-you to "the Austrian troops there."

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    More important is that he could speak at all, even though he's not the head of govt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klose View Post
    Something to do with APEC.

    think many of us are familiar with him...

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    Bush's Gaffes Day (not the first time, nor second, nor third....numerous)

    By TOM RAUM, Associated Press Writer
    Fri Sep 7, 6:49 AM ET

    SYDNEY, Australia - President Bush had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day at the Sydney Opera House.

    He'd only reached the third sentence of Friday's speech to business leaders, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, when he committed his first gaffe.

    "Thank you for being such a fine host for the OPEC summit," Bush said to Australian Prime Minister John Howard.

    Oops. That would be APEC, the annual meeting of leaders from 21 Pacific Rim nations, not OPEC, the cartel of 12 major oil producers.

    Bush quickly corrected himself. "APEC summit," he said forcefully, joking that Howard had invited him to the OPEC summit next year (for the record, an impossibility, since neither Australia nor the U.S. are OPEC members).

    The president's next goof went uncorrected by him anyway. Talking about Howard's visit to Iraq last year to thank his country's soldiers serving there, Bush called them "Austrian troops."

    That one was fixed for him. Though tapes of the speech clearly show Bush saying "Austrian," the official text released by the White House switched it to "Australian."

    Then, speech done, Bush confidently headed out the wrong way.

    He strode away from the lectern on a path that would have sent him over a steep drop. Howard and others redirected the president to center stage, where there were steps leading down to the floor of the theater.

    The event had inauspicious beginnings. Bush started 10 minutes late, so that APEC workers could hustle people out of the theater's balcony seating to fill the many empty portions of the main orchestra section below which is most visible on camera.

    Even resettled, the audience remained quiet throughout the president's remarks, applauding only when he was finished.

    A logistical glitch added to the woes.

    APEC security workers would not allow the members of the media who travel in Bush's motorcade to enter the Opera House along with him. This even though the journalists allowed into the president's entourage are extensively screened and guarded by the Secret Service, which has more stringent security standards than about any operation in the world. And even though they always accompany him into public events.

    As a result, while Bush spoke, the traveling media cooled its heels outside the landmark Opera House, shooting pictures and watching boats in the harbor.


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