Bogor, Indonesia — In a move designed to stress a U.S. desire for stronger ties with Indonesia, President Bush allowed photographers to witness him casually talking with almost a dozen brown-skinned people. It marked the first time since the lead-up to the 2004 presidential election in which the President has been publicly seen with non-white persons.
The immense gesture of participating in a posed photo-opportunity with several actual brown people marks the greatest gift that the people of Indonesia has ever received from the U.S., even after the help Americans gave the country after the killer tsunami of nearly two years ago.
The world’s most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia is a key regional ally for the United States in its war against Islamic militants and looks to America for trade and investment, but many Bush administration policies, especially in the Middle East, are unpopular.
An unnamed White House official explained that the controversial move to allow the President to be seen with brown people was an option only due to Indonesia’s important role in the War Against Terror. “It wasn’t an easy decision to allow this, but they are an important ally and this President is serious about fighting Islamic extremists around the world, no matter what it takes.”
President Bush held a press-conference with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Bogor, where cameras amazingly recorded no threat of air-strikes from Bush to the brown people seated before him.