It seems that Italian gossip columns have been covering this recently but more important things have been going on in the rest of the world to pay
much attention to this rather hard to believe story.
Currently I have only seen one English language source.
The originator of the tale is Loredana Bertè. For those who don’t know (that would be most of us outside Italy and a fair few inside as
. Loredana Bertè is an ageing Italian singer who now seems to have based her look on any one (or more) of Steve Tyler of ‘Aerosmith’,
Pete Burns of 80s UK electro band ‘Dead or Alive’ or Mickey Rourke.
Loredana Berte and family
Bertè was once married to Swedish tennis star Bjorn Borg and has recently been making claims that she found herself sitting down for a dinner in the
White House with Borg at which an unusual and controversial guest was present.
She claims that George Bush Snr, George W. Bush and Osama Bin Laden were also present.
The source of the story is the Italian radio station - Radio 2. The singer made the claim herself on the station.
There are also a number of other sources in Italian repeating the claims. The links in this post are all linked to Google translations from Italian to
English. But I’ve used a bit of linguistic licence to make them more readable :
The details of the show are yet to be verified, and if this is the truth, the extrovert singer obviously likes to tell it every time she gets in front
of a microphone. It happened yesterday.
"I was at the dinner with Bjorn Borg, my husband. I was very interested in what he (Bin Laden? Bush?) was saying, seated at the table next to mine.
When asked where the number one enemy of the Western world for many years was sat, the response from Bertè was as unexpected as it was chilling:
"Bin Laden was in the middle of the Bush family. I remember perfectly that Bush, himself, explained how important Bin Laden was to the CIA...... "
Source : www.tinyurl.com...
"I was present when Bin Laden and his son where at a White House dinner. Also
there were was George Bush Sr. and Bush Jr".
The revelation to this background of September 11th, is the singer Loredana Berte, who, speaking on the radio (Rai Radio 2 'A Day to Ewe' ?????) ,
explained that they had dinner one evening with the now deceased leader of Al Qaeda.
"I was at the dinner with Borg. Bin Laden was at a table near me. A person I wanted to hear speak, because as we all know he was an undisputed
operative of the CIA."
"And where was Bin Laden sitting?" asked the interviewer.
"With the Bush(es)," replied the singer. "I remember that he (Bush?) mentioned that he (Bin Laden) served the CIA"
Source : www.tinyurl.com...
Now there are a number of problems with this story.
The main one being that the only officially recorded visit to the USA that Osama Bin Laden ever made was in 1979. This was not too long before the
Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December of that year. A war in which we now know Osama played his part!
Source : www.newyorker.com
During the period when George Bush Snr. was US President, (January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993 ), Bin Laden was either in Afghanistan or Saudi
Arabia in 1989. He then left for Sudan in 1991, after being expelled by the Saudi regime, wherehe eventually set up the Al Qaeda terrorist
Source : CNN
Now even if we assume a clandestine visit was made to the USA then it seems there is only a small window of opportunity for such a journey to have
taken place. That time period has to be from sometime in 1989 and certainly before Loredana Bertè and Bjorn Borg were divorced in spring 1992.
In fact Bin Laden was supposedly enraged at the Saudi government allowing US troops on ‘holy ground’ during the first Gulf War which began in
So is it possible Bin Laden was a guest of the first Bush in the Whitehouse during 1989 or up until the summer of 1990?
Unsubstantiated sightings of Bin Laden in the USA have entered folklore and there is even a Wiki page dedicated to it these days :
Bin Laden in the USA Wiki
The main problem is Bin Laden never mentioned such a visit whilst he was alive.
Prior to 1996 very few in the West had even heard of Bin Laden anyway. So is it realistic that Bertè would have recognised Bin Laden and also
discovered he was an operative for the CIA?
It all seems rather suspect doesn’t it?
Even if such a visit really happened then it leaves an awful lot open to speculation.
Except there is this small piece of circumstantial evidence, I found, which makes me wonder.
Source: Milwaukee Journal 1989
On May 4th 1989 President George Bush apparently played a game of tennis on the Whitehouse courts with Bjorn Borg.
Truth or ‘turban’ legend?
Is it really plausible that the Bush family openly entertained Osama Bin Laden in the Whitehouse? If it is then I'll leave it up to others to
edit on 26/9/14 by mirageman because: link fixed