when president bush was asked at the end of today's joint presser with russia's president vladimir putin — in prelude to the weekend g8 summit in st. petersberg, russia — about his "concerns about russian democracy", bush responded:
... i talked about my desire to promote institutional change in parts of the world like iraq where there's a free press and free religion, and i told him that a lot of people in our country would hope that russia would do the same thing ...
um, nice setup, dubya. his iraq comparison allowed putin to deftly close the session with this quip:
we certainly would not want to have the same kind of democracy as they have in iraq, i will tell you quite honestly.
all dubya could do amid the laughter was helplessly blurt: "just wait — !"
but i have a feeling no one, especially putin, will be holding their breath.
man, that vladimir can be a tough act to follow ... especially when you try to pretend iraq isn't an ungovernable disaster.