Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Bush in Georgia: What I find on his mind is very refreshing


This story, sent in by an alert reader, about a man who changed his name to Jesus Christ and now can’t get a driver’s license, is full of great quotes, like “Christ is moving to West Virginia to enjoy a slower lifestyle.” His lawyer says, “This all started with him expressing his faith and his respect and love for Jesus Christ. Now he needs to document it for legal reasons.” And “Christ is not speaking to the press at this time.”

Which reminds me: yesterday I kept checking the White House website for material from Chimpy’s trip to Russia, but there was none. Bush, who resembles Christ only inasmuch as he also got his job through nepotism, wasn’t speaking to the press either. Or at all, in public. He may claim to be promoting democracy in Russia, but the only Russian he’s willing to promote it to is Vladimir Putin. One man, one vote.

Happily for this blog, Bush is speaking in public in Georgia, land of many stairs,



alongside the country’s president, whose name (Mikhail Saakashvili) he either can’t remember or can’t pronounce, but with whom he’s been having frank and sophisticated discussions:
We had a very frank discussion. That’s what I like about the President. He speaks his mind. If he’s got something on his mind, he’ll tell you. What I find on his mind is very refreshing; he loves democracy and loves freedom, and he loves the people of Georgia.
Asked about the continuing presence of Russian military bases in Georgia, Bush said, well, something:
So this isn’t the first time I’ve had this conversation with President Putin on this issue. -- (inaudible) -- an agreement in place -- (inaudible) -- said to the Russians, we want to work with the government to fulfill -- (inaudible) -- and I think that is a commitment, an important commitment for the people of Georgia to hear, and it’s a -- it shows there’s grounds for work to get this issue resolved.
Guess the press conference went into a tunnel.

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