Before he became King Abdullah II was heading toward an acting career. His main roll to date was a non-speaking walk-on part in one of his favorite programs, Star Trek.
The main Arab countries - Egypt and Saudi Arabia - refused Bush's entretees to come on down to Georgia and act as props for his 'democracy in the Middle East' rantings. But Abdullah dutifully provided another stand-in roll, keeping up the tradition of doing what his keeper and paymaster wants and expects.
As as he departed for his little Kingdom -- one given to his family by the British and maintained for him by the Americans -- the King loaded up on pizza and candy, his usual pasttimes. This from the Washington Post the day after the Reagan funeral:
The Royal Treatment
Next time you visit the king of Jordan, we know exactly what you can bring him as a gift: Domino's pizzas.
When King Abdullah was visiting Washington in May, he asked for 14 pizzas to take back to Amman, U.S. News & World Report's Paul Bedard reports in his Washington Whispers column. His embassy called two stores, one in Crystal City and the other in Georgetown, with varying instructions. The Crystal City order was to be cooled before being boxed so they could remain fresh. (Good call -- soggy pizzas are the worst.) The Georgetown branch was asked to include "five times the sausage," according to a Domino's rep. The Secret Service picked them up, paid the $180 tab and left the king's $80 tip.
And there's no stopping Abdullah's cravings. Just last week he sent his personal jet to retrieve five more. He's the king of the country; can't he open his own chain?