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    Pres. Bush and ethnic skaters

    When the President of China came to town, President Bush invited Michelle Kwan to sit at the head table at the official reception.

    Last week, it was the Prime Minister of Japan. Kristi Yamaguchi and Rene Inoue, front and center.

    When the Bulgarian ambassador comes to lunch next week, will we see Angela Nikodinov?

    I have mixed feelings about what message is being sent here. Why not invite Kristi to meet the President of France, or Michelle to hobnob with the President of Argentina?

    When Mr. Bush travels to other counties, do they trot out sucessful citizens whose families immigrated there from the U.S.?

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    Well I certainly agree that that does send a crap message while trying to send a good one. But I don't think to many should be surprised, after all look at the administration that makes those decisions.

    I must think for a moment of the "possibility" these are requests by the "visitors." ????

    The best thing is that at least there are skaters there!!!!!
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    I think you can read into it whatever wants to be read... just like everything else when it comes to politics... maybe he is an ignorant closet racist, I doubt it though lol

    For all we know those skaters/athletes were able to fit time in at the white house on those days... who knows...

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    I don't know... I have no problem with this... I mean, I do see MM's point, but see nothing wrong with showing a president how well people from his country have done over here... It's just a "feel good" type thing, nothing more. And, if those skaters felt offended, they could always politely refuse.

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    Are these are requests by the "visitors" to meat the guests of their choice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaniBu
    Are these are requests by the "visitors" to meat the guests of their choice?
    it could be either the visitor or Bush or some other person who runs these things lol

    I agree with Ptchika...

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    I would think the people actually responsible are the Protocol Office (who are not political appointees), the Head Usher, and some sort of liason to the West Wing (likely someone from the Chief of Staff's office) and the State Department as they're responsible for these sorts of visits. Except for a few actual personal friends, and special requests where he might have a celeb he really wants to meet, the President doesn't actually get a huge nitpicky level of say himself in who goes to what dinner. Mrs. Bush's office would actually be involved, too, come to think of it.

    So what it says is someone in the protocol office apparently likes figure skating.

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    Well Condi Rice was a former skater... so... ???

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    [CENTER]I'm sure that Sasha Cohen is in his rolodex, in case Yushchenko decides to pay a visit.[/CENTER]
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    Which American would he invite for the Head of Palau?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz
    Which American would he invite for the Head of Palau?

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    Kikani and Akaika Young, perhaps? Yes, I know they're not Palauan (Paulaui?) [?????], but to GWB Hawaii and Palau are probably essentially the same place...

    This kind of reminds me of Chris Evert Lloyd and her doubles partners in the mid-80s. In '85, for the French Open, she played with Pascale Paradis of France, for Wimbledon she played with Britain's Jo Durie, for the Australian she played with Australian Wendy Turnbull; this prompted fellow player Pam Shriver to say "Gee, I wonder if she's lined up Carling Bassett [of Canada] for the Canadian Open" -- and, gee, the Canadian Open rolls around and yep, it's Evert Lloyd and Bassett!!

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    This thread did get me thinking about how I would react to such an invitation. If I were invited to a dinner with Putin to show off how well Russians are doing I would likely refuse; though I don't know how I'd feel if Russia had a president I didn't despise as much. OTOH, if I were invited to a dinner with Ehud Olmert to show how well Jews are doing, I would have been honored to attend.
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    [CENTER]
    Quote Originally Posted by Ptichka
    Why Putin? Should be Yushchenko seeing as Odessa is in Ukraine, not in Russia.
    Thanks. I've corrected it.[/CENTER]

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    Well, if Malaysian Prime Minister Abdulla Badawi came to call, we have Phua Hoong Yee, a skater with Disney on Ice. (But I'm not sure what the current status of the ethnic Chinese are in that country where you must be a Muslim to be considered a "Malay.")

    Michelle Kwan, the daughter of immigrants, gave every indication that she felt it a great honor to herself and her family to be invited to the White House.

    Kristi's parents were born in the U.S. (her mother in a World War II internment camp). As a sansei (third generation), Kristi always seemed competely Americanized to me (from the few glimpses that she gives us in public of her personality). I wonder what she thought of the whole thing.

    What did Bret Hedican think? (Or John Baldwin.) Just one of those duties that come with marriage, I suppose -- you have to go meet the Prime Minister of Japan and listen to a lot of boring speeches, what a drag.

    Rene Inoue was born in Japan (and competed for Japan in both the 1992 and 1994 Olympics). She would have a different point of view altogether about dining with the Prime Minister and the U.S. President, I should imagin.

    Boy, wouldn't it be cool if Michelle, Kristi and Rena would log onto this thread and tell us what they think?
    Last edited by Mathman; 07-04-2006 at 03:28 PM.

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    GWB is just trying to cultivate the figure skating fan vote for when Condi runs against Hillary and Obama W never was good at numbers, LOL.

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