I thought that when Team Obama was put into place, our standing in the world was supposed to be dramatically increased. At what point exactly does that start?
LIMA, PERU — Sometimes even diplomats get stood up.
The stage was set for a news conference: two chairs and two microphones on a table in the ornate neo-Baroque Salon Dorado of the presidential palace; two flags, of the United States and Peru. And a gaggle of reporters and photographers stood ready, armed with their questions.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walked into the hall with Peruvian President Alan Garcia and sat down on the chair in front of the American flag, a blue folder of prepared remarks in front of her.
But Garcia remained standing at the side of table. He made a lengthy statement in Spanish. And then he walked briskly out of the room, leaving Clinton by herself.
As Garcia’s statement was translated, presidential aides scurried about, removing the chair and microphone set up for Garcia. Clinton sat still, a bemused expression on her face.
But it is highly unusual for a host president to leave the chief U.S. diplomat sitting alone in his own palace, even before his words are translated.
Where is that darn re-set button, anyway?