Wolffe Loves Hanoi Streets

We got curious when we read this in a recent pool report:

    MR. SNOW: He’d like to. At this point, I’m not sure that the President is sitting around and telling what he’d like to do after he gets out of office. As you know, there’s plenty to do in the next two years. But, look, he’s fascinated by the place. This is a very interesting country.

    And one of these days we’re going to teach Wolffe how to walk across the street. (Laughter.) I don’t know if you heard about it, but he had to be pushed across yesterday because he was afraid to take — you know, it’s one of those faith tests.

    Q Just a little guidance; friendly, local help. (Laughter)

So we did a little digging and found out what happened.

In Hanoi, the swarm motorscooters make for tricky pedestrian walking and the best way to cross the road is, according to one WH reporter, to “begin to walk slowly across the wide streets. The nimble motorscooters shift their trajectories ever so slightly, and you can begin to tell that … this one is going to go behind me, whoops, this one is too fast, wait a step, let that one pass in front, but these two are veering behind, too, couple more steps, dodge this one, wait, foot in air, then step, step, step — ah, made it.”

Looks like Mr. Wolffe had a bit of difficulty mastering this technique. Not to worry: We’re convinced we wouldn’t have fared much better.