Bush and Blair were unaware that an event at the Group of Eight summit was a photo opportunity, with media representatives present. Blair later turned off the microphone.
The president was expressing frustration at the United Nations' stance on the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict in Lebanon.
Apparently not expecting an open mike to pick up his remarks, Bush told Blair: "See the irony is what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it's over."(See video here.)
The video is actually pretty entertaining. While stuffing his face, Bush effortlessly sums up how to end the war. When Blair realizes that they are talking into an open mic, I swear he looks at Bush like, "You idiot, the bloody microphone is on"...but that just might be me.
Monday, July 17, 2006
An open microphone caught President Bush in an unguarded moment Monday as the escalating crisis in the Middle East prompted him to use an expletive in a conversation with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.