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For Queen and First Lady, Bush Will Try White Tie ( "A towel-snapping Texan" )
nyt ^ | May 5, 2007 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and JIM RUTENBERG

Posted on 05/05/2007 11:20:47 AM PDT by Red Steel

WASHINGTON, May 4 — How does George W. Bush, a towel-snapping Texan who puts his feet on the coffee table, drinks water straight from the bottle and was once caught on tape talking with food in his mouth prepare for a state dinner with the queen?

With tips from an etiquette guide, of course — and a little gentle prodding from his wife.

The White House is atwitter over the visit on Monday by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. This is the first visit by the queen since 1991, when Mr. Bush’s father was president. White House aides say the state dinner in her honor is not only the social event of the year, but also of the entire Bush presidency.

It will be closely watched by the social elite for its collision of cultures — Texas swagger meets British prim. Dinner attire is white tie and tails, the first and, perhaps, only white-tie affair of the Bush administration. The president was said to be none too keen on that, but bowed to a higher power, his wife.

“I think Mrs. Bush is thrilled to have a white-tie dinner, and we’ll leave it at that,” Amy Zantzinger, the new White House social secretary, said on Friday as she arranged seating for 134 on a computerized screen behind her desk in the East Wing.

Ms. Zantzinger was not swamped with requests. Anybody who had not already received one of the elegant gold-rimmed invitations (hand-penned by a calligrapher and then engraved) apparently knew that it would be gauche to ask. Still, the exclusivity has created some awkward moments, as when the social secretary bumped into former President Bush, who was not on her list, in the West Wing.

“He was making jokes, and then he said,

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1 posted on 05/05/2007 11:20:50 AM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

And Bush is actually faithful to his wife.

How bourgeois can you get?


2 posted on 05/05/2007 11:24:17 AM PDT by altura
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To: Red Steel

Maybe it’s time for the queen to learn to drink from the bottle or talk with her mouth full.


3 posted on 05/05/2007 11:24:44 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: cripplecreek

Since when are you not supposed to drink water from the bottle anyways?


4 posted on 05/05/2007 11:27:01 AM PDT by furquhart (Gingrich for President)
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To: cripplecreek

I’d cook her up a killer chicken fried steak with killer white gravy. Some fried okra and pecan pie to finish.

MMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


5 posted on 05/05/2007 11:27:35 AM PDT by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: Red Steel

 

6 posted on 05/05/2007 11:27:38 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Red Steel
Prince Philip Stumbles Over Aborigine Remark

Who needs a lesson in manners...?

7 posted on 05/05/2007 11:31:33 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Red Steel
How does George W. Bush, a towel-snapping Texan who puts his feet on the coffee table, drinks water straight from the bottle and was once caught on tape talking with food in his mouth prepare for a state dinner with the queen?

Catty. President Bush is the President of the United States...who the hell are the authors? As IF they would be fit for this dinner and are accustomed to meeting with umpteen dignitaries.

8 posted on 05/05/2007 11:44:03 AM PDT by KJC1 (ham is not a toy)
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To: mewzilla
Defences up after ‘Royal gaffe’
9 posted on 05/05/2007 11:47:17 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Red Steel

Okay, does anybody seriously think any child of George and (particularly) Barbara Bush’s doesn’t have at least a passing familiarity with the fine points of best behavior?


10 posted on 05/05/2007 11:49:33 AM PDT by RichInOC (George W. Bush is smarter than a lot of the people calling him stupid.)
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To: Red Steel

Drinks water from a bottle!!?? Does this man’s perfidy know no bounds?!


11 posted on 05/05/2007 11:50:17 AM PDT by Carl LaFong ( Enough Is Too Much !)
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To: advertising guy

Ok.... but I’m crashing the party! lol


12 posted on 05/05/2007 11:52:03 AM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: KJC1

It is the height of bad manners to call attention to the social faux paux of others. Guess the authors fail in the good manners dept.


13 posted on 05/05/2007 11:53:47 AM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: Red Steel
“I think Mrs. Bush is thrilled to have a white-tie dinner, and we’ll leave it at that,” Amy Zantzinger, the new White House social secretary, said...

I think she's the only Bush to be "thrilled" at a fancy-dress party.

What exactly is a "towel-snapping Texan" anyway? Well, if he snaps that inbred old woman from Britain, it would at least liven up diplomatic relations among the Anglosphere.
14 posted on 05/05/2007 11:53:51 AM PDT by George W. Bush (Election Math For Dummies: GOP Rudi = Hillary)
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To: Red Steel

Is the queen demanding the white tie? why is this only coming up now?


15 posted on 05/05/2007 11:55:33 AM PDT by Capt. Cox (evangelicalsformitt.org)
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To: Red Steel
This is the first visit by (a) queen since 1991,

I thought Elton John visited the White House during the Clinton years. Shirley, that qualifies.

16 posted on 05/05/2007 11:58:03 AM PDT by Michael.SF. ("The military Mission has long since been accomplished" -- Harry Reid, April 23, 2007)
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To: Red Steel

Can you imagine the reaction in the media if someone on the right displayed such an arrogant, elitist attitude towards a Democrat? It would be in the headlines for months, investigations, resignations and jail time would be demanded.


17 posted on 05/05/2007 11:58:05 AM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: KJC1
"Catty. President Bush is the President of the United States...who the hell are the authors? As IF they would be fit for this dinner and are accustomed to meeting with umpteen dignitaries."

Exactly! President Bush has traveld to more nations and has met with more world leaders than any president in the history of the USA. The authors are idiots.

18 posted on 05/05/2007 11:58:39 AM PDT by avacado
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To: advertising guy

...or some catfish and slaw with corn on the cob on the side and peach cobbler for dessert. Good eatin’


19 posted on 05/05/2007 12:01:24 PM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: Carl LaFong
Drinks water from a bottle!!?? Does this man’s perfidy know no bounds?!

The uncouth lout! The bounder! Most shocking behavior indeed, dontcha know.

20 posted on 05/05/2007 12:03:01 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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