G8 Summits always bother me. They are an excercise in greed, it seems. They are designed to promote the business interests of the developed world. They make the typical non-promises, such as the renewed "dedication" to giving $60 bil in aid to Africa for HIV. Of course, they didn't say when the aid would be delivered. Gotta love that.
President Bush didn't attend the meeting on Africa because he had a sick tummy. That said, he still made it too lunch and dinner. We all know how much President Bush likes to eat. Read on.
From this morning's NYT Online edition:
Dan Bartlett, counselor to the president, said Mr. Bush awakened “feeling very much under the weather,” and decided to “dial it back a bit” by meeting Mr. Sarkozy in his room. The president rested until noon and then rejoined the leaders for lunch, and expects to continue on with a planned trip to Poland for dinner with that country’s president, Mr. Bartlett said.
“He’s not 100 percent but he felt well enough to return to the talks,” Mr. Bartlett said. He said the ailment was likely a stomach virus, and not a reaction to the summit food.
OK, someone in PR really screwed up, either that or someone at the NYT has a sense of humor.
I refer you to this visit to Germany on July 2006, "And I guess that's about all -- we discussed a lot of things, in other words. And thank you for having me. I'm looking forward to that pig tonight."