For Bush, French leader is the 'latest incarnation of Elvis'
President George W. Bush likened the recent US visit of French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy to the "latest incarnation of Elvis" Presley.
BUCHAREST, April 4, 2008 - President George W. Bush likened Thursday
the recent US visit of French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy to the "latest
incarnation of Elvis" Presley, a senior US official said.
The official said that Bush, at a NATO summit in Bucharest, had also
thanked Sarkozy for sending reinforcements to Afghanistan, where the alliance
is battling a Taliban-led insurgency.
She said that Bush, whose relations with former president Jacques Chirac
were far more tense, had said that Sarkozy's official US visit in November had
been like "the latest incarnation of Elvis".
According to a NATO official, there was certainly something seventies about
relations between the two leaders.
"It was full love," the official said. "I have never seen the presidents of
the United States and France act this way."
The official felt that the US attitude at the summit was a sign that it was
Bush's international swansong.
"It's the first time I have not see the Americans complaining. They were
thanking everybody for everything."