Hey, good news. The Washington Post headlines "World Leaders Agree to Major Economic Plan'. We're saved. But, not so much. Regarding the "far-reaching action plan that, over the next 4 1/2 months, would reshape international financial institutions and reform worldwide regulatory and accounting rules," I don't really see that much that was agreed upon, other than the need to have another meeting in April, to hammer out the details of reshaping international financial institutions yada yada yada. As a matter of fact, as the NYT points out, most of the ambitious reforms offered were steps these countries were already taking. I suppose it'll all look good on TV.
The most popular people in the room were Obama observers Madeline Albright and Jim Leach who received a steady stream of visitors. Many were astonished that Obama was not yet president.
"You had an election earlier this month, no?" queried French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who was among the flummoxed. "And yet, the first thing I see when I get to the White House is Boosh. Ah, imagine my disappointment."
The one unexpected area of agreement was a nod to President Bush, with the G-20 voting unanimously to commend the White House for laying out a damn fine spread. The menu, prepared to feed the world leaders addressing the worldwide economic disaster, featured fruitwood-smoked quail with quince gastrique, quinoa risotto, thyme-roasted rack of lamb, tomato, fennel and eggplant fondue and a salad course of endive, baked Vermont brie, walnut crostini, and pear torte with huckleberry sauce.
As Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh noted, while washing down desert with his second $300 dollar bottle of Shafer Cabernet Hillside Select 2003, "You can't address a hungry world on an empty stomach. Well, you wouldn't want to, anyway."