Bush curses in unscripted Mideast commentsThe other thing that came out of this is that "Condi" is going "out there."
By JULIE MASON
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle
ST. PETERSBURG - President Bush inadvertently dropped the facade of carefully scripted summit diplomacy today when his lunchtime conversation with other world leaders was picked up by Russian television.
"The irony is what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this (expletive) and it's over,'' Bush told British Prime Minister Tony Blair during lunch today, unaware their microphones were on.
The exchange, broadcast by Russian host television as the Group of Eight world leaders gathered for a closed session on their last day here, revealed a more candid side of the polite, often bland diplomacy officials show publicly.
Before Blair leaned over and snapped off the microphones, he and Bush discussed the Middle East, made small talk about travel plans, Diet Coke, and upcoming remarks the leaders would be making as the session came to a close.
"I'm just going to make it up,'' Bush said. "I'm not going to talk too damn long like the rest of them. Some of these guys talk too long.''
Update: This isn't the best recording, but here's the BBC's footage + interview.