Friday, June 30, 2006
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There ain't nothing soft about the power of Elvis
In a world fraught with short-term crises piled upon long-term crises, it's occasionally nice to blog about diplomacy going right.
Which brings me to Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's trip to the United States. Sheryl Gay Stolberg reports on the first leg of the trip for the New York Times. I think she had as much fun writing up the trip as I had reading it:
In the annals of international diplomacy, it was not exactly Yalta. But today's visit to Graceland — the ticky-tacky Elvis Presley mansion here — by President Bush and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan brought a little bit of shake, rattle and roll to American foreign relations.My only objection is Stolberg's use of the word "ticky-tacky" to describe Graceland. I had the honor of visiting the Jungle Room back in the nineties, and although there are many, many adjectives that could be used to describe Graceland, ticky-tacky ain't one of them.
Thank you very much.posted by Dan on 06.30.06 at 02:42 PM
Ticky, tacky? Yeah, what you said.posted by: The Heretik on 06.30.06 at 02:42 PM [permalink]
"I think he had as much fun writing up the trip"
Might want to re-examine that pronoun.posted by: Gary Farber on 06.30.06 at 02:42 PM [permalink]
Pick up the book E: Reflections on the Birth of the Elvis Faith by John Strausbaugh for a delightful read on Elvis as legend.posted by: arnie on 06.30.06 at 02:42 PM [permalink]
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