WASHINGTON. May 9. President George W. Bush and his wife Laura flew back to Washington on Monday from an exhausting, and by all accounts, marginally successful series of meetings and ceremonies throughout Eastern Europe and Russia. The entire trip was completed (almost) without a hitch, until the President tried to pickup his luggage at the Air Force 1 Carousel at Andrews Air Force Base. His bags were evidently not on the plane. Mrs. Bush's luggage made it without any problems.
"One thing about George that makes me laugh, and there are many," said Mrs. Bush...."Laura! Hey! Just shut up, OK? Jesus!" said the President.
He went on. "This always happens to me. I just don't get it," said the President. "I mean, I know we were running a little late on the way to the airfield there in Moscow, but c'mon. It wasn't that bad. Laura's bags are here. What the hell is going on? Who is in charge here?"
More than 50 World leaders, and Mr. Bush, convened in Moscow on Sunday for a ceremony that was designed to pay tribute to the sacrifices of the Soviet peoples during the WW II. Other attendees included Mr. Jacques Chirac, the President of France-the biggest country to surrender to the Nazis during the war. Gerhard Schroeder, Germany's Chancellor, was a no-show. He had planned to attend, but cancelled when he learned what the ceremony was about. Tony Blair was afraid to leave Britain.
"We saw an incredible parade there at Red Square yesterday," said Mr. Bush. "It really reminded me of Crawford, with all the people marching and all the red banners and whatnot. Really it was one of the best parades I've seen. All the missiles and tanks-really very impressive. I don't know how Vlad does it. I could use someone like that in my administration, you know? I need someone to talk back to me sometimes. Someone on my own level."
The two men had a stag dinner on Sunday evening. Mr. Bush had earlier commented publicly that "the Soviet occupation of eastern Europe was one of the greatest wrongs of history'". Mr Putin retorted that the Soviets had almost single-handedly defeated the Nazis the hard way, while the 'effete' Allies struggled with mud in France. He went on to say that Eisenhower and Montgomery were more concerned with cocktail repartee than fighting battles'. Mr. Bush somewhat sheepishly said he was still trying to clean up Roosevelt's messes' and that he was sorry.
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