History of the decade, part 4: 2003
Hu Jintao becomes the president of Communist China, giving rise to jokes in the White House about ‘Hu is the president of China?’ and other fun quips between Bush and Cheney.
SARS becomes a trendy illness, and even becomes available in canned form in Australia.
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The US and UK go in to Iraq after being tipped off that there was new software there that was better than Microsoft Powerpoint. They believe they ﬁnd it in the ﬁrst few weeks, leading President Bush to declare ‘Mission accomplished.’ However, when the software is brought back to the US, it is found that it is only compatible with the Apple II.
President Qaddaﬁ of Libya admits that his country was to blame for the Lockerbie bombing and the two terrorists in Back to the Future. As a sign of good faith that he did not want Doc Brown’s plutonium back, he announces he will give up his weapons’ programme.
In a return goodwill gesture, Great Britain says it would end the series Crossroads, after killing off both Benny and Diane.
Arnold Schwarzenegger accepts an invitation to what he believed was the Sacramento première of Terminator III, only to ﬁnd himself trapped at the Governor’s mansion. Barred from returning to Hollywood, he decides to do the Governor’s job anyway, calling his Democratic opponents ‘girly men’. Ted Kennedy shows up, but is unable to get his nephew-in-law to stop quoting from his movies.
UN votes to stop Israel from erecting a border between itself and the Palestinian areas, after China says it was bad feng shui.
Saddam Hussein ﬁnds that his doubles have disappeared, and that his disguise as a Baghdad cab driver has failed him. This leads to US networks wondering whether Queer Eye for the Straight Guy should be revived as a concept, with Saddam Hussein as the ﬁrst aired subject. A lessy bushy makeover is done by Carson Kressley for Saddam’s trial, and the show becomes a hit.
Later today, as a Christmas special: 2004
Labels: 2000s, history, humour, politicsPosted by Jack Yan, 04:10
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