Your President Speaks! Again!

Today, in Heiligendamm, Germany, with Putin.

Dueling Autocrats

PRESIDENT BUSH: Vladimir and I just had a very constructive dialogue, particularly about missile defense. He expressed his concerns to me. He is concerned that the missile defense system is not an act that a friend would do.

[snip]

PRESIDENT PUTIN: (As translated.) I’d like to confirm what the President of the United States has just said — except for one thing. I have not said that friends do not act in this way.

We Got To Go

We’ll answer one question apiece. Toby. Then we got to go to a meeting.

You Just Heard

Q My question is for both Presidents. In your today’s dialogue what was more, constructive things, or rather differences? What prevailed?

PRESIDENT BUSH: Well, you just heard, that the desire to work together to allay people’s fears. There’s a lot of people who don’t like it when Russia and the United States argue, and it creates tensions.

2 thoughts on “Your President Speaks! Again!

  1. Ron says:

    Now that’s a funny one – Dubya working to allay fears. It will be a first!

  2. Nora says:

    I was thinking the same thing as Ron. The thing Bush likes most is to make people afraid; he wouldn’t know how to allay fears even if he wanted to, which he doesn’t.

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