"I wonder if my socks have any holes," he fretted. Laura Bush told him not to worry.
The Bush spirit trickles down to many of his top advisers, who hardly go out of their way to sample the local offerings either. A number of the most senior White House officials on the trip, perhaps seeking the comforts of their Texas homes, chose to skip the kimchi in South Korea to go to dinner at Outback Steakhouse -- twice.
Ken Herman of Cox News Service asked why in the earlier session with Hu the president had "seemed a little off your game." "Have you ever heard of jet lag?" Bush asked. "Yes, sir." "Well, good. That answers your question."