And that's what I like about John Howard. He may not be the prettiest person on the block but when he tells you something you can take it to the bank.Surf around the right-wing blogosphere and you'll read the predictable pap regarding this statement ("It's how I talk about my good buddies," "Hope the PM has a sense of humor", etc.), all the usual excusatory crap that wouldn't pass in a second for a more intelligent president (say Clinton) making the same idiotic comments.
At least he's apparently given up sizing up souls and now attempts to judge world leaders based in part on their physical beauty.
Go ahead and dismiss this incident as trivial. It's not. Given how painstakingly BushCo tries to stay on-script, it's these moments of slipped-up truth that are most revealing. King GW hasn't a clue, hasn't a clue what he's doing, hasn't a clue what he's going to do the next two years -- he's without a compass and we, the entire world, are at his mercy (until this November anyway, hopefully).