Saturday, April 09, 2005


In Rome, Bush Booed and Clinton Cheered

From the Toronto Star: Bush jeered by Vatican crowd
Many Italians still angry over killing of security official in Iraq

When the ]resident Bush's face appeared on giant screen TVs showing the ceremony, many in the crowd outside St. Peter's Square booed and whistled.
Bush stayed out of public view on Thursday, meeting privately with Italian leaders and U.S. Catholic leaders in town for the funeral.
Note: "When Europeans whistle at sporting events, they are signaling disapproval -- or, even derision."

From the New York Times: A Lovely Day for a Stroll: Bill Clinton in His Element
Clearly unwilling to spend a beautiful day in Rome cooped up in his hotel, he went for a midday stroll...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...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 the time Mr. Clinton made it out of the back streets and into the open square, a mob of hundreds developed.

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