Bush claimed to be 'in awe' as he talked to pope about Iraq

By Sinclere Lee


ROME, Italy (BNW) —
Stupid Bush said during his visit with the pope that he felt "awe" in the presence of Pope Benedict. Right! And, I guess the pope was honored by the comment, but take the advise from somebody that knows Bush… while you’re skinning and grinning with stupid, you better have your people count, and recount your silver before that crook leaves.

"I was talking to a very smart, loving man," Bush said of his first talks with Benedict since he became Pope in 2005… anybody is smart compared to you!

"After 6-1/2 years of being a president ... I've been to some unusual places and met some interesting people and I was in awe," Bush told a news conference in Rome. "It was a moving experience for me."

Pope Benedict XVI, who urged the U.S. president to seek "regional and negotiated" solution to Middle East conflicts like Iraq, and the pope wanted to know about Bush’s about meeting in Germany with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has criticized a U.S. missile shield in Europe.

He was stupid in addressing the old man as "sir" instead of the usual honorific "Your Holiness", Bush heard the Pope's concerns about the Middle East and the plight of Christians in Iraq.

Bush told him of his government's efforts to combat AIDS and malaria in Africa and hunger and poverty.

He told the Pope before reporters about what he called "the very strong AIDS initiative" at the Group of Eight summit this week, which pledged $60 billion to fight diseases ravaging Africa -- although much of that was made up of existing pledges.

A statement from the Vatican said Benedict and Bush had discussed the Middle East and the Holy Father's "hope for a regional and negotiated solution to the conflicts that afflict that region".

"It's good to be with you, sir," Bush said as he sat before the Pontiff's private desk in the Vatican.

"I was talking to a very smart, loving man," Bush said of his first talks with Benedict since he became pope in 2005.

"After 61&Mac218;2 years of being a president ... I've been to some unusual places and met some interesting people and I was in awe," Bush told a joint news conference in Rome with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi. "It was a moving experience for me."

The pope expressed to Bush a "deep concern" about Christians living in Muslim-majority Iraq.

"He was concerned that the society that was evolving would not tolerate the Christian religion, and I assured him we were working hard to make sure that people lived up to the constitution — that modern constitution voted on by the people from different walks of life and different attitudes," Bush said.

Bush said they also discussed world hunger, HIV/AIDS, malaria and immigration reform in the United States. Benedict was watching the U.S. immigration debate intently, Bush said.

"It's good to be with you sir," Bush said as he sat before the pontiff's private desk in the Vatican.

During the news conference, Bush and Prodi discussed what Prodi described as the "success" of the G8 summit in Germany, which ended Friday.

"There is an interdependence here ... a need to work together," the Italian prime minister said of the meeting.

In particular, Prodi lauded the countries' discussions on global warming.

Although the eight industrialized nations — United States, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Russia, Germany and Britain — did not set numerical emission-reduction targets, they agreed to "seriously consider" goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050.

There is a "clear-cut will to move forward" on the issue of global warming, the prime minister said.

After the press conference, Bush said he planned to meet former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for coffee.

Prodi beat out the more conservative Italian politician last year in a cliff-hanger election. Asked by a reporter why Bush was meeting with the former Italian leader, Bush said: "He is the opposition leader and he is a friend."



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