05 June 2007

Czech defence minister records a song for George Bush

Air Force One with George and Laura Bush aboard landed at the Prague Ruzyně airport yesterday. Bush has come to broker a deal on the controversial US radar base to be located in the Brdy mountains. But I don't intend to write about the radar and the relations with Russia. I will just say that I am in favour of hosting the base.

I am here to highlight the effort (still searching for a suitable adjective) made by our defence minister Vlasta Parkanová to make President Bush feel welcome. Together with Jan Vyčítal she recorded a song for Bush: "Good day, the Star-Spangled Banner". The melody is based on a legendary song by Jaromír Hnilička, "Good day, Major Gagarin". Vyčítal's text has also got a lot in common with Hnilička's iconic celebration of the Socialist bloc's victory in the space race.

Parkanová commented: "I wanted to lighten up the negative campaign, which is accompanying the radar debate. And I also wanted to give President Bush an unconvetional gift." Tick. Though the negative campaign - "The No to the Bases" initiative - only managed to muster 700 protesters today. I guess the rest have already gone backpacking to Rostock.

To listen to the song (artistically pretty good in my opinion) click here. The English version was apparently recorded too, so a lot to look forward to!

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