Roger L. Simon

Dept. of Cooptation

From CNN: President Bush has tagged Germany’s contribution to the Iraq reconstruction effort as “important” following a meeting with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in Washington.

Schroeder faces possible new elections and a potential defeat at the hands of a conservative opponent who, unlike him, supported Bush’s invasion of Iraq.

The photo with this story says it all. Bush also told Schroeder “I appreciate your focus.”