President Bush today announced that the White House would be marking recent advances in Indo-American relations by participating in the celebration of the Hindu festival of frog-blowing.
Scott McClellan, the White House spokesperson, when asked to comment, remarked, "As we all know, last year, the President could not make it to the festival because of digestive problems caused by a prior Iftar reception for a Pakistani delegation. However, this year, we will leave no frog unturned in order to celebrate this most exciting and raucous of Indian festivals."
President Bush, who has been a lifelong frog-blowing buff, is elated at this opportunity to indulge in his favorite pastime, and jumpstart diplomatic relations with India at the same time.
The President explained to reporters the significance of frog blowing in Hindu culture. "Frog-blowing, or as it is called in Indian-speak, "The festival of lights", is celebrated to commemorate the victory of good over evil. This is what they call a Lakshmi atom bomb.", said the President, pointing to a firecracker. "It is exploded in order to invoke Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. And attaching a frog to it denotes American military might, symbolized by incinerated frog flesh."
Ronen Sen, the Indian ambassador to the US, on being informed of the President's decision to celebrate frog-blowing this year, inquired, "Frogs?"
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