June 12th, 2007
02:33 PM ET
11 years ago

Mystery surrounding Bush's watch solved

White House spokesman Tony Snow said rumors Bush's watch was stolen in Albania are false.

(CNN) - The mystery of President Bush's missing watch has been solved.

After days of internet rumors and international reports that the president’s watch was stolen as he was mobbed by a crowd in Albania this weekend, the White House is setting the record straight.

Asked at Tuesday’s briefing if the presidents watched was lifted, spokesman Tony Snow answered, “No, it was not. It was placed in his pocket...the president put it in his pocket and it returned safely home.”

Snow says a careful review of video of the scene confirms no pilfering.

Snow also said there was no concern over the president’s safety as enthusiastic well wishers grabbed his hands and arms.

“What you had was an example of when captive nations come free," he said.

Using the moment to allude to recent White House foreign policy decisions, he added, “They understand the role the United States has played through the decades, taking unpopular moves.”

Snow also said the crowd was “euphoric because we helped make them free....if there was a problem, the Secret Service would have dealt with it. Trust me."

The CNN White House unit reports it is not unusual for the president to take off a watch or his cuff links before greeting a crowd at a rope-line, internationally or inside the U.S.

- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk


Filed under: President Bush
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Simone, Vicenza, Italia

    I think it was stolen. 🙂 they just don't want to admit to it, especially since Albania was the only country that actually was friendly towards Mr. Bush. LOL! It was taken for sure! LOL!

    June 12, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Ertha, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    I think it wasn't... Maybe because I know this country, and their culture... But, knowing that Italy and Albania 'love' each other, this is something made up by the Italians. I hope that the italian newspaper (Corriere della Sera) will publish this news... and make an appologize to the Albanian people in Albania and especially in Italy. THanks

    June 12, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. Curtis, Overland Park, KS

    Who cares! He is the leader of the Free World and the most powerful man on the planet. I think between him and the taxpayers of the United States, we can afford to buy him a new watch. It's not like the codes to our nuclear arsenal were hidden in the watch.

    June 12, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Bill, Washington, DC

    Curtis,

    "It’s not like the codes to our nuclear arsenal were hidden in the watch."

    And you know this how?

    June 12, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Julius Hibbert, Springfield, MA

    Obviously it must have been stolen! Look at Snow's slip up:

    Snow says a careful review of video of the scene confirms no pilfering.

    Why would you have to review the video if the watch was brought home in the President's pocket, as claimed? They probably reviewed it to make sure the swipe wasn't obvious, so that they could put forth a plausible denial. Imagine the criticism the SS would get if they let someone get close enough to steal his watch!

    June 12, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Albi, Boston

    These are some of the dumbest things I have ever heard anyone say. Tony Snow should do some hw first and then comment on a nations captivity sicne Albania has been free for the past 20 years and America was not the one who made them free.

    June 12, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Ryan, Columbus, Ohio

    Look at the pictures. Before he went out he was wearing his watch and his wedding ring. Later on in the pictures, his watch and his ring are missing. No doubt he took them off as anyone in that situation would because of the sheer value of something like that coming from such a well known world figure.

    June 12, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. kim, NYC

    i have been in albania they are the nicest people on earth lovely, respectful, and friendly i dont think that anyone will steal bush's watch in albania positive 100%

    June 12, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Vicki, Waunakee, WI

    Ah, but you never know, maybe they were! And hey, just because he can afford another watch doesn't mean I am afford to buy him one. I only have $20 in the bank. He doesn't need a watch. He has plenty of peole to tell him what time it is! lol!!!!

    June 12, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Brandon in Dallas

    Curtis you are a dumbass!! It is some of my fellow American's like yourself and your arrogance that fuels the hate of American citizens by others around the world. Evidence in question, the tone of your e-mail and the words you chose to use.

    Perhaps you should just keep your mouth shut. We all know that it is just a watch that can be replaced. We are smart enough to figure that out ourselves without your genius deduction of the issue!!

    June 12, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Alvin, Eagleville, PA

    You call that "solved"? Tony Snow spins it the only way he possibly can, and that's good enough for CNN! Your work is done, take the rest of the day off.

    June 12, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. Nedward, Trenton, NJ

    This just proves to me that other countries are unamerican.

    June 12, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Chris, Germantown MD

    I am glad CNN is all over the "Breaking News"

    June 12, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    How often does the President put his watch in the pocket?

    June 12, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Ed Greer, Sarasota, FL

    Not a big deal... Not sure if he can tell time anyway 🙂

    June 12, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Rick Davis Brimfield, Ohio

    It's a good thing he still has the watch. The codes to our nuclear arsenal were hidden in that watch.

    June 12, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Joe, Wheeling, WV

    I am less concerned about who picked his watch, than I am, who picked his brain.

    June 12, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. -y2kLv-., Vancouver, BC

    sounds post-modern.
    -y2kLv-.

    June 12, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. sergio dinaro, san antonio tx

    If Bush put the watch in his pocket there would have been no reason to go back and review the tapes! I say check ebay 🙂

    June 12, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Alban

    This is a good chance to see who are the dogs who bark all the time and who are the pragmatic people. Glory to president Bush and all Albanians

    June 12, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. Bill, Columbus, OH

    We'll, I'll be able to sleep tonight.

    June 12, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Maureen McMurdo-Chapman, New Britain, PA

    Why is this news? Who cares? Write about something important~

    June 12, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Daniel Ewald, Baltimore, MD

    "It’s not like the codes to our nuclear arsenal were hidden in the watch."

    Hmm... well after seeing the feats of our great leader while in power, they may well have been, lest he forgets them.

    June 12, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Samuel, Zurich, Switzerland

    Stolen for sure!
    In the country which is actually European Columbia (main economic activities are drug smuggling and human trafficking) he should be lucky that Air Force One didn't vanish.
    We'll see how much they "like U.S.A." once they reach their goals.
    When they were ruled by Enver Hoxa and were running across the Albanian border to Serbia (Kosovo is its' part for last 1000 years), they liked Serbia most. Before that, they liked Mao most. Before that, they liked Stalin most. Before that Mussolini and Hitler, etc.
    They are closed society, organized in families, clans called "fis" and tribes. State is just "decoration" there and has no power over mafia. They simply see powerful countries as vehicles for achieving whatever they want to achieve. But don't be mistaken that they have whatever emotion about it.
    This time their elders told them to go and greet U.S. president and they obeyed it. Next time, when U.S. don't agree to take peace of Macedonia or Greece and give it to Albania, their elders will tell them to go and shut U.S. president and they will obey, too...

    June 12, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. D. Taylor,Uhrichsville ,Ohio

    And this is newsworthy material? Seriously,there are plenty of subjects that matter:outrageous gas prices(and why nothing is done about it in Congress),shady immigration laws,and the Presidents unusual agenda for enforcing "peace" on everyone else in the world. Someone's watch doesn't matter.

    June 12, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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