SESAME STREET….Abu Aardvark is pretty unhappy about Laura Bush’s praise for Egypt’s “democratic reforms”:

The First Lady giving a flashy and warm thumbs-up to Mubarak’s sham reforms is just about the worst possible thing for American credibility in the democracy promotion business. It’s just devastating. Arabs want to know whether the US is sincere in pushing democracy, and this tells them, once again, that it isn’t. It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if Laura Bush were honestly reflecting her husband’s private views, since I’ve never thought that he was all that serious about promoting democracy in the Arab world. Maybe it should bother some of the “tsunami of Bushy democracy” enthusiasts over on the other side of the aisle, but that’s their business.

On the other hand, she did get to appear on Egyptian Sesame Street! So it’s not all bad.