President Bush doesn't actually want to talk to or touch any average Vietnames folks while he's in their country, according to news reports originating in the New York Times.
On Saturday, Bush's national security adviser, Stephen J. Hadley, conceded that the president had not come into direct contact with ordinary Vietnamese, but said that they connected anyway.
"If you'd been part of the president's motorcade as we've shuttled back and forth," he said, reporters would have seen that "the president has been doing a lot of waving and getting a lot of waving and smiles."
The Vietnamese should not feel bad. It's just like that here in the United States, too, only Bush doesn't get so many smiles or waves anymore.