November 11th, 2010
02:55 PM ET

The Best of Bushisms

Tonight on News Stream, we had the privilege of paying homage to the one and only George Dubya Bush, as he sets about promoting his (or at least his ghost writer's) magnum opus, "Decision Points". In commemoration of Dubya Day (as those in the know probably aren't calling it), here is a small selection of Mr Bush's finest bons mots...

The ones that made the cut...

  • "They misunderestimated me." – Bentonville, Arkansas, November 6, 2000
  • "I am here to make an announcement that this Thursday, ticket counters and airplanes will fly out of Ronald Reagan Airport." –Washington, D.C., October 3, 2001
  • "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." – Washington, D.C., August 5, 2004

And a few classics that did not...

  • "Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?" – Florence, South Carolina, January 11, 2000
  • "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." – Poplar Bluff, Missouri, September 6, 2004
  • "Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream." – LaCrosse, Wisconsin, October 18, 2000
  • "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family." – Greater Nashua, New Hampshire, January 27, 2000

Tune into News Stream tomorrow evening, when we'll be celebrating the intellectual achievements of Paris Hilton.

Or perhaps not.

Best of luck with your book, President Bush!

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November 11th, 2010
02:40 PM ET

US-China Rap Showdown

"China's in the HOUSE!"

Yup, that's Chinese President Hu Jintao throwing signs with a panda. It's a still from the "US-China Currency War Rap Showdown" by Taiwan's Next Media animators. Enjoy, and tell me what you think!

November 11th, 2010
02:09 PM ET

Baidu: innovator or Google clone?

Baidu is often referred to as "the Google of China", and recently it's got a taste of that Silicon Valley search giant's success. It's one of the best performing stocks on the NASDAQ at the moment: up more than 170% so far this year.

Flourishing finances aren't the only similarities between Baidu and Google. Both have minimalistic, white homepages with search boxes in the center.

So is Baidu simply a clone with a homecourt advantage, or an innovator in its own right?

Baidu's Director of International Communications Kaiser Kuo insists it is the latter. "I think Baidu has gotten a bad wrap for an awfully long time about simply being, at the most complementary, a fast follower...even from the really early days it was never a merely derivative company."

And Kaiser Kuo makes no secret of Baidu's plans to expand upon it's dominance in China to become a global brand. "Robin Li (Baidu's CEO and Chairman) has said before that in ten years he hopes that Baidu is a household name in half of the world's internet markets. I don't think that's an unrealistic goal at all. We are developing in in nine different languages besides Chinese and English. We're looking at some developing world markets, especially in Latin America, South East Asia, the Middle East. But none of this is really near-term. I think that we're very much still focused on the domestic Chinese market."

Sounds like wherever you are in the world, you may be seeing more of Baidu on a computer near you sometime soon.

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