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posted on Mar, 9 2003 @ 05:47 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 on Mar, 9 2003 @ 11:27 PM
...Sounds like symptoms of inferiority complex to me...Probably due to his trying to "live up to his old man" & failing miserably...

"Clap me or no speech"?...Maybe someone *should* give him the clap...

[Edited on 10-3-2003 by MidnightDStroyer]

posted on Mar, 10 2003 @ 02:36 AM
Damn right they should. We should ask for all our investment in Europe we gave in the Marshall plan back.

It'd bank-rupt even switzerland. Those bastards.

posted on Mar, 10 2003 @ 05:12 AM
Thats all politics is these days, all spin and no substance. They need to keep control over the lies. They know the importance of controlling how they are percieved in the press and on television. That one would be all about going home with Fox and other syncophants being able to say, 'see, the Europeans are right behind the president!'

And hammerite, if you think Europe is going to be one of those obedient sychophants for all eternity just because of a past good deed, then you are severely deluded.

posted on Mar, 10 2003 @ 05:55 AM
No past "good deed", but deeds.
Everyone else may have forgotten the sacrifices made over the years since WW I, but we haven't. German isn't the only language that the Old continent didn't have to learn at the end of a rifle. At the end of an AK-47, to be precise.
No sweat. We won't be having to learn Arabic because of lack of help as we can go it alone, although there are several nations that are in our corner. Its just a sad day to come to, to see our "allies" turn their backs on us in our time of need. Except France, who wouldn't expect them to be stabbing us in the back as they are doing now?
I hear Tony Blair is in trouble with the British citizenry because he is standing with the U.S. What a dreadful shame.

posted on Mar, 10 2003 @ 07:47 AM
Time of need indeed, you call this a time of need? dont make me laugh.
And if your going to bring up the war (sigh...) by the American clock we've still got two years to sit around postulating.
Yes, Tonys in trouble. 150 of his ministers are threating to resign if we go to war without the U.N.
Every country that supports a war without the U.N is in trouble, mainly because our people still have a (little) bit of say in what our governments do.

[Edited on 10-3-2003 by kegs]

posted on Mar, 10 2003 @ 08:47 AM
Just look at the last was scripted question and answer (foolishly admitted by GW himself) and he still flubbed it, hehe...

Is it election time yet???

posted on Mar, 11 2003 @ 01:51 PM
dont if u remember but a few weeks back t.blair was givinga speech about how iraqies should have freedom of speech andwas then heckled and the heckler was then escorted out freedon of speech for iraq but not the britsih public

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