I've also been reading some of the British commentary about the poodle controversy (i.e., the extent to which Blair is Bush's), in its latest uprising after the open mic thing. I imagine world leaders knowing they've got to put up with the idiot cowboy, hating it as they humor & indulge him, but really letting loose at their world leader cocktail parties when Dubya isn't around. Surely he's a huge joke. Just not the kind of joke you can laugh at with abandon, what with the deeply dark undercurrent.
R at work just told me about Bush's "massage" of the German chancellor. Yaugh! Here's a good source on it from Melissa McEwan, who edits & blogs there at Shakespeare's Sister. (I got to this one via Alternet.)