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King George & The Pope …”Umm. I’ll tell you in a minute.”

Posted by bosskitty on June 9, 2007


Bush, pope discuss war in Iraq

By JENNIFER LOVEN, & Associated Press Writers Ariel David and Alessandra Rizzo

ROME – President Bush, deeply unpopular here and met by boisterous protests, sought to impress Pope Benedict XVI and the Italian public on Saturday with his humanitarian record and downplayed differences with the Vatican over Iraq.

“He’s worrisome about the Christians inside Iraq being mistreated by the Muslim majority,” Bush said.

Bush said he assured the pope — whom he described as “very smart, loving man” — that the United States was working hard to ensure that the Iraqi people live up to their constitution in treating Christians fairly.

Bush and Benedict appeared intent to look beyond their differences in Iraq. The pope asked the president about his meeting in Germany with Russian President, Vladimir Putin, who has expressed opposition to a U.S. missile shield in Europe and raised eyebrows with democratic rollbacks.

“The dialogue with Putin was also good?” the pope asked.

Bush, eyeing photographers and reporters who were about to be escorted from the room, replied: “Umm. I’ll tell you in a minute.”

… wonder what Bush-it he told the Pope …

Bush aides shrugged off the (Italian) protests, calling them democracy in action; Bush apologized for disrupting traffic as his motorcade moved through Rome under heavy security.

He (Bush) stressed that U.S.-Italy relations were “pretty darn solid.”

Still, Italian-U.S. relations are a bit strained.

Italy has withdrawn troops from Iraq and is reluctant to send additional soldiers to

Afghanistan.   And just hours before Bush’s arrival Friday, the first trial involving the

CIA’s extraordinary rendition program opened in a Milan courtroom.

Oh Yeah, relations are great!

Later, after Bush had concluded his official business for the day in Italy, a protest of his visit turned violent.

Italian riot police used tear gas on anti-Bush protesters, who donned face masks in defiance of a police order and threw bottles and other objects, infiltrating an otherwise peaceful demonstration in the capital’s ancient center. There were no immediate reports of injuries.



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