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Obviously it's really 'how a horrible head of state showed the world the meaning of conspicuous consumption' :-s DC loved him and gave him shelter from the rightous wrath of his citizens, natch. This led to the birth of Nightline, as Ted Kipple kept asking and asking the new Iranian leaders what they were so mad about and ignoring their answers.
Still I'm a fool for elegance and extravagance as entertainment. Have seen a version of this made at the time too. The Shah gets credit for THIS very adroit performance, at least:
Kike Wallace feigns disbelief (roll eyes).