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Mr Bush's visit, the first by a US leader to the Balkan state, will have none of the protests that greeted his visits to Germany and Italy.
Tirana was festooned with US flags, welcome banners and posters of a smiling Mr Bush.
During the seven-hour visit, he will get a medal, a street named after him and his picture on stamps.
At home, Bush's job approval rating stands at its all-time low. But here, Prime Minister Sali Berisha said Bush was Albania's "greatest and most distinguished guest we have ever had in all times."
Throngs of people grasped Bush's hands, arms and fingers on the streets of Fushe Kruje, a small town near the airport where he stopped to chat in a cafe with business owners. Unused to such adoring crowds in America, Bush reveled in the attention. He kissed women on the cheek, posed for pictures and signed autographs. Someone reached out and rubbed his gray hair.
"Bushie, Bushie," people shouted.
Asked why he is including Albania in his trip, Bush said, "That is a fascinating question. First of all, I want to make sure the Albania people understand that America knows that you exist"
Asked why he is including Albania in his trip, Bush said, "That is a fascinating question.
First of all, I want to make sure the Albania people
understand that America knows that you exist"
Originally posted by Peruvianmonk
His arrogance and ignorance is unprecedented. He waent to Albanis becasue his administration knew he was popular there, and probobley wanted to make him feel better (and distract him) about the fact he is not in control that his administration has been hijacked by a certain slap head.
Bush Watch Stolen in Albania?
The crowd in Albania loved President Bush. But look closely at the video -- what happened to his wristwatch? You can see it on his left arm seconds before he begins to shake hands. Seconds later it is gone. The White House is denying a robbery, saying the President took the watch off himself. But some reports say he didn't notice that the watch was missing until after he returned to his vehicle. Mr. Bush normally wears a $50 Timex.
Originally posted by AnAbsoluteCreation
In that video, as shocking as it is, a young boy gets ushered into the truck, almost concealed by secret service. Can someone check this out and let me know you opinion. It is toward the very end on the back left of the suberban, two ss agents usher in a small boy.
Originally posted by marg6043
I am impress that is actually a place in the world that love Bush, I guess that will be one of the first places that he may consider when he retired after been a president.