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Diplomatic faux pas throughout history, part deux


Sam Roggeveen


21 February 2008 09:32

We kicked off this series yesterday. This entry is from my colleague Malcolm Cook:

Q. Often in cases of intestinal flu there's nausea. Was the President nauseous when he slumped to the floor, or was there any vomiting or anything like that?

A. Yes, he was nauseous. He did vomit just before he slumped to the floor, and the medicine that he was given this evening was for his nausea.

The President in question was George H. W. Bush, and he of course threw up all over Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa's lap during a state dinner. You can watch the footage here, if that's your thing.

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