U.S. President George W. Bush did not have a good day at the Sydney Opera House.
He had only reached the third sentence of Friday's speech to business executives on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum when he made his first slip.
"Thank you for being such a fine host for the OPEC summit," he said to Australian Prime Minister John Howard.
Oops, that would be APEC, the annual meeting of leaders from 21 Pacific Rim nations, not OPEC, the cartel of 12 major oil producers.
Bush quickly corrected himself. "APEC summit," he said forcefully, joking that Howard had invited him to the OPEC summit next year (for the record, an impossibility, since neither Australia nor the U.S. are OPEC members).
The U.S. president's next slip went uncorrected — by him, anyway.Talking about Howard's visit to Iraq last year to thank his country's soldiers serving there, Bush called them "Austrian troops."
He strode away from the lectern on a path that would have sent him over a steep drop. Howard and others redirected him to centre stage, where there were steps leading down to the floor of the theatre.
I wonder if they've got him medicated. Seriously.