NEW YORK (CNN) – President Bush and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were in the same room Tuesday at the United Nations, when Mr. Bush addressed the General Assembly.
Mr. Bush made only one direct reference to Ahmadinejad’s home country during his address, saying, “Every civilized nation also has a responsibility to stand up for the people suffering under dictatorship. In Belarus, North Korea, Syria, and Iran, brutal regimes deny their people the fundamental rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration.”
First Lady Laura Bush had a closer encounter with Ahmadinejad. According to an account from the pool reporter in the room, she walked directly past him on the way to her seat, putting her right hand on his desk as she passed by. The Iranian leader appeared to glance toward Mrs. Bush as she walked past.
Ahmadinejad could not be seen wearing a translation earpiece during Mr. Bush’s speech. He did, however, wear one at other points during the Assembly’s morning session.
- CNN Political Desk Editor Steve Brusk