June 14, 2006, - 3:25 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
For once, the White House PR machine is fully operational.
In the coolest diplomatic White House field trip we’ve heard of (write us or comment if you know of others), President Bush will take Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, an Elvis fan, to visit Graceland, the Memphis home of “the King.”
Given the decor, it will be as if Koizumi made trips to Iraq and the U.S. in one shot. Graceland is, after all, our version of a Saddam palace. (Please no hate-mail from Elvis fans. We’re only comparing the decor, not the two men or their actions.)
Incredibly, Koizumi and his bro, Masaya, have been members of the Elvis Presley fan club in Tokyo for more than 30 years, according to USA Today. Do they know that Elvis was Jewish?
Besides doing Elvis Karaoke of “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” at Prez Bush’s 59th B-Day at the G8 Summit, Koizumi also recorded a CD, “Junichiro Koizumi Presents My Favorite Elvis Songs.” Oops, another William Hung is born.
Apparently, Graceland gets thousands of Japanese tourists each year, but this is the first visit by an sitting U.S. President or world leader.
What’s next on the Presidential agenda–Space Mountain rides with Muammar Qaddafi?
Now word on whether grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches are on the Bush-Koizumi menu.
UPDATE: 06/30/06–Check out these photos of lefties protesting the Pres & the Prime.
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