June 9th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Can Bush show Europe he is still president?

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LONDON, England (CNN) - It is always a tricky time for the White House incumbent as the race to be the next occupant of the White House hots up. Steadily he becomes a man in office, not in power. His strength ebbs away daily as key players delay their decisions pending the outcome of the succession contest.

For President George W Bush it is worse than most. A stumbling US economy and alarm at soaring world oil and food prices have compounded the unpopularity of a messy war in Iraq.

But with the aid of Air Force One, lame ducks can still fly. Travel doesn't just broaden the mind, it can reassure a waning president that his office still counts. So Bush has turned his duty visit for the annual EU/US Summit into what looks like the George Bush Farewell Tour to Europe.

The trip starts in Slovenia. The first of the breakaway states from the former Yugoslavia hosts the EU/US event because it happens to be holding the six-month rotating presidency of the EU, the first of the ex-Communist countries who joined in 2004 to do so.

Though he once greeted its leader on a visit to Washington as the Prime Minister of nearby Slovakia, Bush will probably remember Slovenia as the country where he first met Vladimir Putin, declaring: "I looked the man in the eye. I was able to get a sense of his soul...I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy."

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  1. BUSHED!!!!

    Mar..............A VOTE FOR OBAMA = A VOTE FOR JERIMIAH WRIGHT, TONY REZKO, WILLIAM AYERS AND FATHER PFLAEGER........HOW MUCH money are you making working for SEAN HANNITY and RUSH LIMBAUGH? Thanks SEAN for your negative campaign FEB-JUNE. A vote aginst you = OBAMA 08

    June 9, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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