No. You couldn't.
What did our President think was the very best, the very, very best, bestest, most fabu', coolest gee-whiz aspect of American Culture to show off to President John Agyekum Kufuor of Ghana at his state dinner at the White House last night?
"The Lion King"
I shit you not.
Can you imagine? Here's President Kufuor; MA Oxford, member of the Bar (Lincoln Inn), MP, Head of State, lingering over his Banana Coconut Pudding in its' Graham Cracker Crumble and Cocoa Pod Shell when from out of the East Lawn comes capering a bunch of bastardized pseudo-African pop culture icons who proceed to sing and dance to tunefully juvenile faux-African Elton John ditties.Now picture the situation reversed: our President saluted by an Ghanaian version of "The Man Show" live, complete with big-breasted Ghanian gals in "Juggy" whiteface, singing bison and mountain lions.
Dick Cheney gets to be "Scar", of course.
Does this mean that the next time Chancellor Merkel of Germany visits she gets serenaded with "Der Fuhrer's Face?" Or do we put on "The Mikado" for the Prime Minister of Japan, "Mucha Lucha" for President Fox?
Jesus fucking wept.
Is there no end to this humiliation, in even the smallest of things..?
January, 2009 can't come too soon.