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Saturday, April 09, 2005

What Happens When W Meets a Crowd He Can't Handpick?

I have no direct comments about this. I just figure, because it is hardly being covered in the American mainstream media (I found this in the Toronto Star), it should be posted on as many alternative sources as possible -- so it can be known and recorded for history.

You have to be some piece of work to be booed by a crowd at the Pope's funeral, no?


Bush Jeered by Vatican Crowd


VATICAN CITY ‹ U.S. President George W. Bush joined throngs of the faithful today in paying final respects to Pope John Paul, the pontiff whose stands on abortion and other social issues meshed with his but who criticized both him and his father, former president George H.W. Bush, for waging war with Iraq.

Not only was Bush Jr. the first U.S. president to attend a papal funeral, he also headed a delegation to the three-hour funeral mass that included his father and former president Bill Clinton.

When the president's face appeared on giant screen TVs showing the ceremony, many in the crowd outside St. Peter's Square booed and whistled.

Bush rode to Vatican City in a limousine displaying two flags, the customary American flag on the right fender and, as a tribute to the Pope, the white-and-yellow Vatican banner on the left.

On Thursday, Bush offered fresh regrets to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi over last month's shooting death of an Italian intelligence officer in Iraq by U.S. troops, his spokesman, Scott McClellan, said.

Bush stayed out of public view on Thursday, meeting privately with Italian leaders and U.S. Catholic leaders in town for the funeral.

The president wanted to stay out of the limelight ahead of the funeral because "he recognizes the significance of the moment," said McClellan.

Relations between the United States and Italy were strained last month when U.S. troops in Iraq fired on a car rushing an Italian journalist to freedom, killing an Italian intelligence officer and wounding the reporter.

Berlusconi denounced the attack. Shortly thereafter, he announced plans to start drawing down his country's 3,000-strong contingent in Iraq in September, although he said the two events were not related.

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