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Saturday, July 31, 2004

Love Actually

If you like romantic comedies, you'll love "Love Actually." If you like this blog, you'll love this particular part of the movie:

The U.S. president, who seems to be a composite of the arrogant cowboy Bush and the flirty know-it-all Clinton, comes to London to meet with the new Prime Minister (played by Hugh Grant). They give a press conference after their meeting:

Prez: We got what we came for, and our special relationship is still very special.
Q: And Prime Minister?
PM: I love that word "relationship." Covers all manner of sins, doesn't it? I fear that this has become a bad relationship. A relationship based on the president taking exactly what he wants and casually ignoring all those things that really matter to, um, Britain. We may be a small country, but we're a great one too. The country of Shakespeare, Churchill, the Beatles, Sean Connery, Harry Potter, David Beckham's right foot. David Beckham's left foot, come to that. And a friend who bullies us is no longer a friend. And since bullies only respond to strength, from now onward, I will be prepared to be much stronger. And the president should be prepared for that.

The reporters and PM's staff get all excited, while the president looks on in disbelief.

Hugh Grant showing Tony Blair how it's done.