President George Bush cited the success of the Chinese waterboarding team in Darfur to justify his support for the new sport widely regarded as torture.
In the interview he said information obtained from fellow waterboarding enthusiasts helped him come to the conclusion that the sport should be considered an Olympic event. Bush said, "Waterboarding is like snowboarding but on a sloping lake". Many thousands of Guantánamo Bay detainees actually really, "whooped it up" he said.
Bush defended the existence of the US waterboarding training camp Guantánamo Bay where many of America's finest athletes train in torture techniques, another new event for Beijing.
He said he would attend the Beijing Olympics alongside the Chinese president, Hu Jintao, and would browbeat him in any events where the Chinese fail to let the US win.
Bush was asked whether, given waterboarding and other alleged human rights abuses, he could claim the US still occupied the moral high ground. He replied: "You need to get to the high ground to get a good run up for the waterboard".