George Bush is hosting President of the Philippines Gloria Arroyo today. You'd think the lead topic in the brief press availability would be the typhoon/ferry disaster. George Bush instead wants to talk about how the White House chef is Philippino --
And I reminded the President [Arroyo] that I am reminded of the great talent of the -- of our Philippine-Americans when I eat dinner at the White House. (Laughter.)
PRESIDENT ARROYO: Yes.
PRESIDENT BUSH: And the chef is a great person and a really good cook, by the way, Madam President.
From there, a hasty segue to the actual disaster, including this --
Some are wondering whether or not their loved ones will, you know, reappear.
The event closed as follows --
PRESIDENT ARROYO: Thank you, thank you. Mr. President, with your permission, I'd like to address our countrymen in my own native language. (Speaks in Tagalog.)
PRESIDENT BUSH: I couldn't have said it better myself. (Laughter.)
Furrin languages are funny!