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The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Bush-Blair overheard

Can't find the video clip online (don't have time anyway at internet cafés) but I just saw the overheard conversation between Bush and Blair on TV. Look for it, it kind of says it all and the stories about it really don't give the full flavor.

Bush curses in unscripted Mideast comments

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.''
The other thing that came out of this is that "Condi" is going "out there."

Update: This isn't the best recording, but here's the BBC's footage + interview.