Agra, India (Rotters) – Relenting to pressure from India’s prime minister Manmohan Singh, President Bush today took the first lady on a surprise sunrise visit to the beautiful and famed Taj Mahal. Earlier yesterday the prime minister had jokingly told the president that “I hope you will be more chivalrous next time you are here” in regards to plans to not visit India’s famous monument.
In a flurry of activity yesterday, the scheduler responsible for the omission of a visit to the Taj Mahal was relieved of duties and a hastily prepared tour was arranged for sunrise this morning. “I think the lack of chivalry comment may have gotten to the president,” said an anonymous staffer.
The famed Taj Mahal is in actuality a mausoleum, built in the 17th century. It is the last resting place for Mumtaz Mahal, the favorite wife of Mogul emperor Shah Jahan. India, and the world view it as a monument to love, and it is regarded as somewhat of a pilgrimage for lovers both young and old.
The President and the First Lady were treated to a spectacular explosion of pastels while viewing the monument at an early-morning sunrise visit. Both were said to have been in awe, and the president was quoted as saying that all of the pastel colors reminded him of the Easter holiday which was approaching. There was a minor squabble over the president’s remarks with Muslim’s present, but this was quickly smoothed over.
White House staffers stated that Laura Bush, regrettably, was unable to attend as she had eaten some bad tandoori chicken the night before. Staffers speculated that this was puzzling as the President and First Lady had had the same chicken, and that perhaps something was wrong with the chutney that Mrs. Bush had eaten. “No one threw up on anyone, so this was a win all the way around for us,” said an anonymous staffer.