WASHINGTON (AFP) - At the close of his visit to the White House, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi summed up Japan's policy toward the United States with the words of an Elvis Presley song. "I would like to propose a toast to the further enhancement of Japan-U.S. relations. In the words of Elvis, 'I want you, I need you, I love you,'" Koizumi said lifting his glass during a White House state dinner late Thursday. The prime minister, a life-long fan of the late King of Rock 'n' Roll and a personal friend of US President George W. Bush, said that was the first English song he learned by heart when he was young.
After a summit focused on North Korea, Iran and Iraq, and trade, and energy cooperation, Bush and Koizumi relaxed for an evening of food and entertainment ahead of their visit Friday to Graceland, Elvis' home and resting place in Memphis, Tennessee. Bush also mentioned Elvis during the toast, saying that the legendary singer, who had visited the White House 25 years ago, and Koizumi had "much in common." "Like you, he had great hair," Bush said to the laughter of the guests. "Like you, he was known to sing in public. And like you, he won admirers in countries far from home ... And Laura and I are looking forward to joining you tomorrow in our visit to his home in Memphis," Tennessee, Bush added.
Look it's a Weird News Wednesday/Tropical Tunes hybrid! Every Wednesday Idiot and Barefoot come up with a topic for the top 5 songs you'd want to listen to over and over as they relate to the topic while I scour the internet looking for bizarre current events. I figure if Koizumi can quote Elvis during diplomatic events and our feckless leader can pop off such deep comparisons we'll all just play along for Weird News Wednesday.
North Korea Tests Missles- It's the End of the World As We Know It by REM
New Jersey Governor Closes State Government, Casinos Next- Viva! Las Vegas by ZZ Top
Italy Defeats Germany in World Cup Semis-How Can You Mend a Broken Heart by the BeeGees
Bill Gates Funds Healthcare Revolution- If I had $1,000,000 (or several billion) by the Bare Naked Ladies
High Tylenol Doses Linked to Liver Problems- I Need a New Drug by Huey Lewis & the News
Ok folks, hit me with your best shot. Sum up recent events with a song or two or three.