Same Script, Different Cast

Uttering niceties after meeting with foreign dignitaries is a routine part of being President, but some stick to the routine more than others. While his predecessor was prone to off-the-cuff remarks during the White House photo op, W. rarely deviates from the script. The names may change (last week Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak), but the song remains the same.

APRIL 2, 2001. EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT MUBARAK

INTRODUCTION "It is my honor to welcome the President of Egypt... We're friends. We will remain friends."

DISCUSSION "My opinion hasn't changed after our good, frank discussion today."

MARCH 30, 2001. BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT CARDOSO

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