posted on Jul, 16 2006 @ 10:54 PM
I didn't see this one posted before, so there it is:
During a joint news conference Saturday in St. Petersburg, Bush said he raised concerns about democracy in Russia during a frank discussion with the
"I talked about my desire to promote institutional change in parts of the world, like Iraq where there's a free press and free religion, and I told
him that a lot of people in our country would hope that Russia would do the same," Bush said.
To that, Putin replied, "We certainly would not want to have the same kind of democracy that they have in Iraq, quite honestly."
There is also a video of Putin's reaction.
I myself had to laugh at that. I have to rate this one among the top 10 Bushisms...
But on the serious note, how untactful can you be? Aren't
there better examples for democracy than Iraq if you want to make this point?! i have a friend in Russia who told me that on their national TV ORT,
they made quite a lot of fun of Mr. Bush about this comment and even implied he was an embarassment to the US. I agree, but knowing there are many
Bush supporters on this board, i would like to hear their take on the political meaning of this comment...