December 4th, 2007
07:13 PM ET
15 years ago

Bush heading to the Mideast in January

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush is heading to the Mideast early next year to try and seal a peace deal during his final year in office, White House officials confirmed Tuesday night.

"The President will go to the Mideast region in early January,” said National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe, though he would not elaborate on any details of the itinerary.

Israeli TV, however, is reporting that Israel will be one key stop on the trip. A trip to that country would be Bush’s first as president. He did visit Israel once as governor of Texas.

The Mideast swing is the latest addition to what is shaping up to be a busy international travel schedule for the commander in chief as he seeks to chisel out a legacy that extends beyond the war in Iraq; President Bush revealed last Friday that he and First Lady Laura Bush will be heading to Africa early next year.

- CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry

Filed under: President Bush
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Anne Detroit MI

    Grammar and Usage Check :

    the correct form would be –

    "heading to the Mideast to try TO seal the deal...

    NOT "to try AND seal the deal

    Viewers and bloggers would appreciate if cnn could edit the posts for correct English usage before putting them online. Thank you.

    December 4, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. John from America

    I for one would like to contribute to a "One-Way" ticket for George and Laura!

    Perhaps he can become our permanent representative in the Middle East with the title of the "Great Decider" to fix all their problems! After all look at all the great decisions he made here as our "Imperial Leader".

    Who in the world will actually listen to him with his track record?

    December 4, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. C

    Wish they would keep him over there.

    December 4, 2007 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  4. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Heads up, Osama, help us out here.

    December 4, 2007 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. Bob Hale

    My issue is not with the content, nor with GWB – this time! It's with writers who just hack away at word usage. The expression, "to try and..." should be "to try to.." Yet, even the AP and CNN come off like 3rd graders. Yuk.

    December 4, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  6. Jeff from Jersey

    Now there's someone's chance to push him out of the plane and become one of the worlds greatest heroes!The world would be a considerable bit more peaceful if someone did.Just pray he doesn't land on his head because there's nothing in there that would get hurt.

    December 4, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  7. Aaron Smithsburg, Maryland

    Better him than me!! Don't understand our isolationist support of Israel. There will never be peace until these brainwashed jewish settlers stop stealing land and water rights from the natural inhabitants of the occupied territory. As a matter of fact Americans with second homes in the Israel should probably have their citizenship revoked here in the U.S. for invoking violence abroad. Not to sound out of touch, but don't jews believe as the descendants of King David its there divine right to rule that land. I thought we moved away from this monarchy thing in 1776. If these people believe god wants them to rule the land, why do they need our nuclear weapons? After all god anointed them as " the chosen people". I wish I could write me a book that declares me infallible in the eyes of god. Hard to argue with a religious doctrine.

    December 5, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  8. jimmy, austin, tx

    in another story Osama and Bush had a great time talking politics at camp cave, in afganistan.

    December 5, 2007 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  9. Joe, Boston

    Please someone lock this guy in a room until his term ends! Why he's going to the middle east is beyond me.

    December 5, 2007 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is ashame that Bush failed to understand during the 2000 campaign and during his presidency as well that the job of U.S. president is more than just looking at home. It is one of the most powerful positions in the world. It is post that should be helping to resolve problems in the world. Apparently this man hasn't looked into the past of what other presidents have done during their terms. Now he is trying to make up for wasting his time with waging war in Iraq.

    December 5, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. J Houston, TX

    He redoubles his peace efforts around Israel and now you want him to quit working, Joe from Boston? Let's face it, he could cure cancer and you'd be angry "he" did it.

    December 5, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. Scott, Cincinnati, OH

    He's probably going over to start another war or steal some more oil. I hope and pray he never comes back to the USA.

    December 5, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Both this numbskull and his hillbilly wife should not be allowed to leave the country for the duration of his term. Hasnt he embarassed the nation enough. As for his legacy, thats already set. He will go down in history as one of the dumbest, most incompetent and arrogant Presidents in history.

    December 5, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Brad, from the great state of Texas

    I can't believe it... the liberals are surprisingly silent on this one. Usually ANY story mentioning the word "Bush" brings the usual creeps and losers. Guess the therapy's finally working for you jerks, huh?

    December 5, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. demwit

    What will Al and the loony left do when Bush wins a real Noble Peace Prize for pulling off a peace accord in his last year in office...

    December 5, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. S, Orlando, FL

    Wow. What a pair of delusional clowns you two are, Brad and "demwit". Bush is one of the worst, if not the worst, president this country has ever had. You two do a lot of name-calling in your posts but what's really pathetic is that you belong to a 24% minority who still thinks this embarrassment is doing a good job. Seek help.

    December 5, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Bob, Roxboro, NC

    Any one care to wager whether Bu$h goes anywhere near Iraq?

    It's a peaceful paradise there if we're to believe these proponents of the war.

    December 5, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. Alex Chicago

    Wow. What a pair of delusional clowns you two are, Brad and "demwit". Bush is one of the worst, if not the worst, president this country has ever had. You two do a lot of name-calling in your posts but what's really pathetic is that you belong to a 24% minority who still thinks this embarrassment is doing a good job. Seek help.

    Posted By S, Orlando, FL : December 5, 2007 3:44 pm

    So who says he is the worst PRESIDENT/??You ??SO it is fact??? And by the way bush's approval rating is right at 40% in the newest polls, I know you want to live in the past and you would love for their to be defeat in IRAQ but its not going to happen. This president has stood tall against terrorist and the loony left in this country and history will show that this President was one of the BESt and had the vision that you mental midgets LACK. The left in this country is so full of hate for this country it is laughable.

    December 5, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. Independent in NY

    Too bad some people just can't understand that you have to fight to protect freedom sometimes. I'm sure glad President Bush does. He has the courage to do what needs to be done; too bad you just don't get it. Some of the comments here are a real embarassment. I'll bet the Jihadists are thrilled with your lack of understanding. JOHN FROM AMERICA, You would probably do fine in Iran; want a one-way ticket? AMERICA would benefit if JEFF and S went with you.

    December 6, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |