Bush: "Applause, or no speech..."
Posted 08 March 2003 - 10:38 PM
Mar 8 2003
By Paul Gilfeather
GEORGE Bush pulled out of a speech to the European Parliament when MEPs wouldn't guarantee a standing ovation.
Senior White House officials said the President would only go to Strasbourg to talk about Iraq if he had a stage-managed welcome.
A source close to negotiations said last night: "President Bush agreed to a speech but insisted he get a standing ovation like at the State of the Union address.
"His people also insisted there were no protests, or heckling.
"I believe it would be a crucial speech for Mr Bush to make in light of the opposition here to war. But unless he only gets adulation and praise, then it will never happen."
Mr Bush's every appearance in the US is stage-managed, with audiences full of supporters.
It was hoped he would speak after he welcomed Warsaw pact nations to Nato in Prague last November. But his refusal to speak to EU leaders face-to-face is seen as a key factor in the split between the US-UK coalition and Europe.
The source added: "Relations between the EU and the US are worsening fast - this won't help."
Posted 08 March 2003 - 11:19 PM
best he will ever give in his entire career.
I suspect there will be a strong 'ewwwwww' factor
at play when word gets out that Saddam and Al Quaeda
are two entirely different things.
Unless, of course, the UNSC gets together on a work
program and a deadline as per the Canadian compromise.
No guarantee the March 17 date is carved in stone.
Posted 05 February 2005 - 12:18 AM
Originally posted by KoWT
I'd think that Kerry would have used this story during the election
I bet he would have, if the Democratic party wasn't little more than 'Republican lite'
The Democratic Party is far too civilized for a country as uncivilized as the US.
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