George W. Bush, to some, may be the guy you want to have a beer with. But Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is definitely the guy you want to Karaoke with. On a pilgrimage to Graceland, with Priscilla and Lisa Marie in tow, Koizumi did his best impressions of the King, Elvis , while that other king, George, stood idly by looking stiff as a board and completely without humor.
Koizumi's an Elvis fanatic, and called his visit to the mansion "a dream come true." He's erected a statue of the King back home, and the two share a birthday, January 8, as well as some pretty thick funky rock star hair. Throughout the tour, Koizumi shaked, rattled and rolled his way through the mansion, savoring every moment, especially in the famed Jungle Room where, to the horror of the tour guide, he donned an original pair of Elvis' oversized gold shades before crooning "Love me tender, love me sweet." Koizumi continued with "Wise men say, only fools rush in ..." while Priscilla looked at him as if he was the fool who had just rushed in.
"We need a karaoke machine," she then joked. "Hold me close. Hold me tight," Koizumi sang to her. He then bent down and simulated strumming a guitar, Elvis-style, and sang "Glory, glory, hallelujah." This whole scene would've given great inspiration to Salvador Dali. All the while, Bush looked as if he'd rather be home watching John Kerry's home movies.
Admittedly, we got caught up in the Elvis fever this week as well. In honor of the King, we thought we'd list a few of his tunes here with some little known anecdotes. Enjoy:
"Don't Be Cruel": Sung by the Guantanamo Detainees Quartet
"Heartbreak Hotel": The new hit single by Duke Cunningham & the Watergates
"Jailhouse Rock": Scooter Libby gets his freak on
"Hound Dog" ("you ain't never caught a rabbit and you ain't no friend of mine"): Sung by Harry Whittington to Dick Cheney
"Fools Rush In": Sung by the Brooks Brothers Riot Boys
"G.I. Blues": George W. Bush's favorite war song, as in "G.I. Wish I had had the Balls to serve in the military during Vietnam"
"Guadalajara": Bush confuses this song with having something to do with Guantanamo
"His Hand in Mine": Bush's musical homage to Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah
"My Way": A song about Bush's leadership style
"Kissin Cousins": Ken Mehlman sings about Southern Republican voters
"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You": Scott McClellan's love song to Jeff Gannon
"Long Legged Girl (With a Short Dress on)": Rove's love song to Ann Coulter
"Puppet on a String": Rove's love song to Bush
"Tutti Frutti": the Ken Mehlman opus
"Make the World Go Away": What Bush sings to himself every night before bedtime
"T-R-O-U-B-L-E": the GOP's midterm election theme song
"Fairytale": A catchy little tune about a president who actually thinks he won two elections
"Witchcraft": a song about how Bush actually won two elections