Air of Intimacy !!!

Two quotes from the PM at the White House dinner last nite. I think someone forgot to tell PM Manmohan that english is not Bush’s forte. Am sure some of it went “bouncer” as they say in bambaiya language. Okie, jokes apart…read on….

“We have all grown up learning the story of the unfinished voyage of Christopher Columbus,” Singh said. “Setting sails to reach India, he discovered America. I now invite the people of America to complete the voyage of that great explorer.”

“Bernard Shaw had once described America and England as two countries divided by one language. But this once held true for India and America, as well,” he said. “I believe, Mr. President, that our two countries must try to ally with a common lexicon and a shared framework of reference in looking at the rest of the world, for I sincerely believe there is truly very much that we have in common.”


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July 18, 2005, 10:24PM


Bush’s gala has intimate air

He may hate fancy parties, but the president dons a tux for this one
By JULIE MASON
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – Stodgy Washington loves a little glamour, and President Bush on Monday stayed up past his bedtime to deliver, hosting a glitzy formal dinner at the White House for the visiting prime minister of India.

“It is a great privilege to have you here,” Bush told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife, Gursharan Kaur.

The black-tie affair was only the fifth such dinner that Bush, who has famously said he hates fancy parties, has given since he became president.

But first lady Laura Bush vowed before the inauguration in January that the Bush administration would host more dinners, so the president donned his tuxedo and toasted his guests.

“India and the United States are separated by half the globe. Yet, today our two nations are closer than ever before. The ties that bind us are enriched by the hundreds of thousands of Americans of Indian origin,” Bush said.

Ambassadors, business leaders, elected officials, Cabinet members and guests gathered in the State Dining Room to feast on pan-roasted halibut and chilled asparagus soup, with herbed summer vegetables and a selection of wines.

True to Bush’s spirit, the evening had an intimate air, more like a fancy family dinner than a gala White House function.

Throughout the meal, Indian-inspired flourishes paid tribute to the honorees.

Many of the women at the dinner wore elegant, gold-edged saris in deep red or green. The wife of the prime minister wore a black silk sari with a crimson and gold border. Several men wore Nehru-style evening coats.

Singh, delivering a toast to Bush, praised American spirit and generosity.

“Bernard Shaw had once described America and England as two countries divided by one language. But this once held true for India and America, as well,” he said. “I believe, Mr. President, that our two countries must try to ally with a common lexicon and a shared framework of reference in looking at the rest of the world, for I sincerely believe there is truly very much that we have in common.”

Among those on hand for the invitation-only event were House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Sugar Land, journalists Fred Barnes and David Brooks, Republican Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, and Mukesh Ambani, group chairman of Reliance Industries.

The event was an official dinner rather than a state dinner, because Singh is leader of the Indian government, but not technically a head of state.

The last state dinner at the White House was held in October 2003, in honor of the visiting president of Kenya. The first, in 2001, honored Mexican President Vicente Fox.

All around the White House, streets were lined with clusters of American and Indian flags.

“We have all grown up learning the story of the unfinished voyage of Christopher Columbus,” Singh said. “Setting sails to reach India, he discovered America. I now invite the people of America to complete the voyage of that great explorer.”

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