President Bush and the first lady Laura Bush are heading to France (search). This is a headline all in itself.

The occasion is the 60th anniversary of D-Day (search) on the beaches of Normandy. But it's also an opportunity for us to be proud of our president because he is proving that he can be as European as the best of them and that Americans don't have to take a back seat to the French when it comes to the diplomatic arts.

President Bush is, in a phrase, proving to be quite a smooth little liar. After all, yesterday he told the French publication Paris Match that he was never really mad at the French or Jacques Chirac, that the war in Iraq was a simple disagreement among friends. It was meaningless piffle, nothing. Isn't that a howler?

At first it kind of took my breath away and I wondered if he was able to say it with a straight face, or was he giving the Frenchies that is old Texas crinkly-eyed wink. After all, there's no way such an outrageous statement could be true and to prove it Jacques Chirac said the same thing. He said it was a simple disagreement among friends, a matter of no consequence.

No, not by a long shot.

The French president said the American president could not act militarily when the American president decided there was a threat to America. What Bush really said to Jacques Chirac was the kind of thing that gets people like me kicked off the air were I to dare to repeat it. Here we are watching them all making nice, their noses growing like Pinocchio.

It makes me feel better to see Bush acting so, well, European. Really.

That's My Word.

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