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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:32 AM
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Bush Tries His Hand at Cricket (oh, jeez)
Bush Tries His Hand at Cricket
By VOA Sports
04 March 2006



President George W. Bush
bowls during cricket workshop
as players from
College for Boys look on

While in Pakistan, President Bush tried to learn the game of cricket and how it differs from baseball.

Mr. Bush bowled and batted several times on a small cricket pitch set up on the grounds of the U.S. embassy, as students from the Islamabad College for Boys looked on and encouraged him.


He got a quick lesson on how to hold the bat from the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Shaharyar Khan. Khan also explained to the former owner of a Texas baseball team how cricket, the popular sport of the old British empire, differs from baseball.
(snip/...)

http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-03-04-voa21.cfm

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Bush takes a swing at cricket

Saturday, March 4, 2006; Posted: 9:14 a.m. EST (14:14 GMT)



Bush bowled and batted several times.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) -- U.S. President George W. Bush, an avid baseball fan, on Saturday tried his hand at a sport hugely popular in parts of the old British empire -- cricket -- and was pronounced "not bad" for a first-timer.

Bush bowled and batted several times on a practice cricket pitch set up on the grounds of the U.S. embassy in the capital of cricket-mad Pakistan, as students from the Islamabad College for Boys and the private school Schola Nova, who included girls, looked on and encouraged him.

He got a quick lesson on how to hold the bat from Shaharyar Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

"He's telling me the difference between baseball and cricket," said Bush, a former owner of a Texas baseball team.
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http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/03/04/bush.cricke... /

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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:38 AM
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1. lol at pic #2
Cricket is now an official Special Olympics sport.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:41 AM
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2. God help me, here's another article: 'Not Yet Got The Skills'
'Not Yet Got The Skills'
Updated: 15:19, Saturday March 04, 2006



Mr. Bush ducks a delivery


George Bush has tried his hand at cricket during his visit to Pakistan.

The US President, an avid baseball fan, got a lesson on how to use a different type of bat and ball in Islamabad.

Students from schools in the capital looked on and encouraged him while he tried to play a few strokes.

The bowlers used tennis balls, which are much softer than the traditional cork cricket balls.
(snip)



The President has his eye on
the ball

Pakistan's most famous-ever cricketer, former captain-turned-politician Imran Khan, spent Saturday confined to his home, where authorities kept him to lead a march to protest against Bush's visit.
(snip/...)

http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-13512110,00...



Image

Imran Khan
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:01 AM
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4. hmmmm....looks like someone threw at his head.....
i`ve watched enough cricket to know someone threw way to high to chimpy...actually he`s a wuss cause that tennis ball wasn`t going to hit him...
the greatest player in pakistan is confined to his home while chimpy is in town.. well that`s really funny on so many levels.

maybe we could just lock the door and pretend no one is home...
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GregW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 12:56 AM
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36. Actually ... it's 'bowled' not 'threw' ...
and 'bowling' a 'bouncer' at someone's head is just part of the game.
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truth2power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:26 PM
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26. ROFLMAO!! God that's funny!
"The bowlers used tennis balls, which are much softer than the traditional cork cricket balls." Yeah, wouldn't want to injure the one brain cell he's got left.

:rofl: Look at that guy behind him in the second pic. He's thinking, "What a doofus!"
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:55 AM
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3. He's the chimpiest president EVER!
His expressions are so chimpanzee like you'd think they were photo-shopped, but that's really how he looks on those extremely rare occasions when he tries to concentrate!
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:02 AM
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5. I would think cricket is his sport.
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:05 AM
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6. Way too skillful for him -- plus, it's very difficult to cheat
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 10:05 AM by LostinVA
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sofa king Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:07 AM
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7. As an irresponsible frat boy, I'm sure he's familiar with the cricket bat.
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Inland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:29 AM
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17. I'm surprised he didn't reflexively pull down Perez's pants. nt
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TroubleMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:14 AM
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8. Does he intentionally try to make funny faces?

His true calling should have been as a clown.....he's a natural at making silly faces.
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:33 AM
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19. that's about all he is good at
:eyes:
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:17 AM
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9. I'm surprised they let anyone that close to him with bats in their hands.
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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:26 AM
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10. "I love bowlin'! Where are the pins?"
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wordpix2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:49 AM
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11. * is always on vacation, having fun---while the ME erupts
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:52 AM
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12. Judi, here is the doofus on Yahoo....


U.S. President George W. Bush gestures as Pakistani cricket board chairman Shaheryar Khan, right, looks on during a cricket workshop at the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, March 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:02 AM
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14. Oh, God. I'm glad the asshole could enjoy himself.
That is one obnoxious man.

Thanks for the view. It really does reinforce that "Presidential" look Karen Hughes told everyone he had suddenly acquired, during his 2000 campaign. Uh huh!
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JudyM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:54 AM
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20. 'He looks more presidential than Kerry' is why my sis-in-law voted for him
according to my neice, her 13 year old daughter. I almost lost it right then and there when she told me.

What is it with American voters? It's as if it's a game... like they are exercising the prerogative of voting for the one they like the looks of... this is not the Miss America pageant, people!!!!

:puke:

Let's hope our '08 candidate is better looking than whoever the repukes put up.
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:53 AM
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13. Whose idea was the softer tennis ball?
Just wondering.
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:02 AM
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15. It's fair enough
If you're playing without protective equipment, using a tennis ball is fairly common. When you're just doing a photo-op, you wouldn't want to go through the hassle of putting on leg pads. You certainly wouldn't want to send a cricket ball at head height (as one of the photos shows) to an inexperienced batsman not wearing a helmet.
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Mika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:26 AM
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16. Who wouldn't?
:eyes:


A bean on the head might have knocked some sense into him. On second thought.. naaah.

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Inland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:29 AM
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18. AND THEN HE HIT A 78-YR OLD PAKISTANI IN THE FACE WITH THE BAT.
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 11:31 AM by Inland
EOM
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:29 PM
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25. And the 78-Yr Old Pakistani
issued an official apology today. So sorry for the president's troubles! :rofl:
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Placebo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:09 PM
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21. It's like watching a trained monkey.
Seriously.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:10 PM
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22. Bush out LBW
that's "Laughable Buffoon, W" :-)
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Sabriel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:12 PM
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23. At least cricket doesn't involved riding a bike
Then someone might have gotten seriously injured.
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deminks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:20 PM
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24. And the pretzeldente gets beaned!
I learned that a pitcher=bowler in cricket, and I want to shake his hand.



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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:58 PM
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27. What is he using? A tennis ball? Cricket balls are Red or White.
He's such a numb-skull, even I know you throw (bowl) the ball on or close to the ground.
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foreigncorrespondent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:20 PM
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28. Hahahahahaha!
Oh THAT is a riot!

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

And that is all this cricket loving Aussie has to say!
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antonialee839 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:39 PM
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29. Great new pic additions for Bush or Chimp? website.
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HuffleClaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:18 PM
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30. so, boys and girls, today we've learned the 'leader of the free world' is
a COWARD, scared of a cricket ball! what a complete and utter sham of a photo op.
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Matilda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 04:17 AM
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37. To be fair, a hit in the head from a cricket ball can kill.
There's a thought .....
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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 06:44 AM
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38. Well the first time you do try cricket...
...and somebody bowls a short one at you, you will duck too! Even more so if it's a proper cricket ball. If you get hit by one of those, it hurts (especially if it's a fast bowler)! That's why cricketers wear pads and cricket boxes.
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Thor_MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:22 PM
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31. He throws like a girl...
Apologies to all girls...
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 12:18 AM
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35. That's what the boy in the 2nd pic is thinking...
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atommom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 08:37 AM
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39. Hey, I'm a girl, and I throw better than that.
:P
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Sacajawea Donating Member (797 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:56 PM
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32. He looks mushy....all that exercising isn't helping.
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genieroze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:51 PM
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33. OMG, where are the chimp photos to compare?
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maddiejoan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:24 PM
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34. Best I could find
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 09:28 PM by maddiejoan


fooey --won't let me link to it. :(

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Amonester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 08:59 AM
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41. LOL-Nice catch!! :-)
Do you know about the following site?

http://www.photobucket.com /

It's free also.
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 08:56 AM
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40. The Freeps were all excited that a couple of kids asked for his
autograph, saying that * really is popular, and those pix of hundreds of thousands of people protesting him must be wrong. Yeah, hundreds of thousands vs a handful of kids who were probably bribed into asking for his autograph, or hoping it'll be worth something soon because he is so notorious.
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