Dear Leader is away in Australia, visiting his lapdog, Oz Prime Minister John Howard and attending the Asia-Pacific economic (APEC) summit. At the summit he chatted easily with his soulmates:
U.S. President George W. Bush on Thursday told reporters that talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao were “constructive” and centered on Iran, China-made product recalls, global climate change and civilian religious freedoms.
“He’s an easy man to talk to. I’m very comfortable in my discussions with President Hu,” Bush said. (CNN)
But the main story doesn’t seem to have made it into the US media. It is being portrayed as a prank — which it was — but a serious one:
Eight ABC cast and crew members and three hired drivers have been charged with entering a restricted area without justification.
The group was arrested after staging a fake motorcade through Sydney’s CBD and were stopped near the InterContinental Hotel where US President George W Bush is staying.
One of the Chaser crew was dressed as Osama bin Laden. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
We know about this because of one of our intrepid readers in Oz (tip of the hat to RobT) who also provides some hilarious background:
Australia has spent $A165 million on security for APEC. There have been black hawk helicopters, police and troops and snipers deployed as well as this concrete and 10 foot high wire fence erected that surrounds the CBD of Sydney. It has created absolute havoc with traffic, public transport and people trying to get to work. You can’t get over the bridge into the city. An absolute mess, and the folks of Sydney are a bit pissed with it all. But hey, there is this VERY real risk of terrorism we are told ad nauseum, so what the heck. It must all be necessary. It’s a bargain for $A165 million, to guarantee our safety.
Then these guys from the ABC comedy show, The Chasers War on Everything, are able to put together a fake Canadian diplomatic motorcade of a limo with 2 escort SUVs with little Canadian flags flapping, and that was good enough to get past $A165 million dollars worth of security planning and three security checkpoints and pull up to the front of the Intercontinental Hotel where President Bush was staying on the 29th floor.
The comedian actor Chas Licciardello, who was dressed and disguised as Osama Bin Laden, popped out of the limo at the hotel and reportedly shouted “Where is my friend Bush? It has all been a misunderstanding!!!” Now the police recognise that something is not quite right and they pounce on the perpetrators, and arrest all involved, 11 in total.
The police officials and Minister of Police and various and sundry other authorities went into major spin damage control, even claiming that the security was good because arrests were made. (email from a reader)
Sound familiar? I know. It’s all a misunderstanding.