Friday :: Apr 8, 2005

An American President Europeans Rush To See


by Steve


Remember what it used to be like when an American president went overseas? Oops, sorry, that was only Thursday, with the president the GOP impeached.

While Romans were unlikely to catch a glimpse of President Bush - he moved only in motorcades and appeared only at a few official events - Mr. Clinton was clearly reveling in the fact that shoppers, tourists having lunch at outdoor cafes and Italian business people walking to meetings all stopped to greet him.
"Isn't this a great city?" he said. Along the streets, people starting yelling "Bill, Bill, Bill," and a few shouted "U.S.A.!" One shopkeeper raced out with a photograph of Mr. Clinton on a past visit.
There was certainly a lot of affection for Mr. Clinton, who consistently got better press here during his presidency than Mr. Bush does.
On Thursday, by the time Mr. Clinton made it out of the back streets and into the open square, a mob of hundreds developed. Mr. Clinton's nervous Italian bodyguards put him in a Mercedes and sped him away.
But Thursday night he was back in his old form. After the dinner with the Italian leader, he went out to a second dinner with President Viktor A. Yuschenko of Ukraine and stayed at an Italian restaurant with him until after midnight.

Yes, a man who ordinary people want to see, instead of a president who only wants to appear before Stepford crowds. So we took this man and impeached him for lying about sex, upon which he was succeeded by a man who lies about everything and canít afford to go out in Europe without bodyguards, far removed from everyday people.

Sounds like today's America to me.

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