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The Bush/Blair conversation in full.

Blair/Bush exchange: transcript

Bush: Yo, Blair. How are you doing?

Blair: I’m just...

Bush: You’re leaving?

Blair: No, no, no not yet. On this trade thingy...[INAUDIBLE]

Bush: Yeah, I told that to the man.

Blair: Are you planning to say that here or not?

Bush: If you want me to.

Blair: Well, it’s just that if the discussion arises...

Bush: I just want some movement.

Blair: Yeah.

Bush: Yesterday we didn’t see much movement.

Blair: No, no, it may be that it’s not, it may be that it’s impossible.

Bush: I am prepared to say it.

Blair: But it’s just I think what we need to be an opposition...

Bush: Who is introducing the trade?

Blair: Angela [Merkel, the German Chancellor].

Bush: Tell her to call ’em.

Blair: Yes.

Bush: Tell her to put him on, them on the spot. Thanks for [INAUDIBLE] it’s awfully thoughtful of you.

Blair: It’s a pleasure.

Bush: I know you picked it out yourself.

Blair: Oh, absolutely, in fact [INAUDIBLE].

Bush: What about Kofi? [INAUDIBLE] His attitude to ceasefire and everything else ... happens.

Blair: Yeah, no I think the [INAUDIBLE] is really difficult. We can’t stop this unless you get this international business agreed.

Bush: Yeah.

Blair: I don’t know what you guys have talked about, but as I say I am perfectly happy to try and see what the lie of the land is, but you need that done quickly because otherwise it will spiral.

Bush: I think Condi is going to go pretty soon.

Blair: But that’s, that’s, that’s all that matters. But if you... you see it will take some time to get that together.

Bush: Yeah, yeah.

Blair: But at least it gives people...

Bush: It’s a process, I agree. I told her your offer to...

Blair: Well...it’s only if I mean... you know. If she’s got a..., or if she needs the ground prepared as it were... Because obviously if she goes out, she’s got to succeed, if it were, whereas I can go out and just talk.

Bush: You see, the ... thing is what they need to do is to get Syria, to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it’s over.

Blair: [INAUDIBLE]

Bush: [INADUBILE]

Blair: Syria.

Bush: Why?

Blair: Because I think this is all part of the same thing.

Bush: Yeah.

Blair: What does he think? He thinks if Lebanon turns out fine, if we get a solution in Israel and Palestine, Iraq goes in the right way...

Bush: Yeah, yeah, he is sweet.

Blair: He is honey. And that’s what the whole thing is about. It’s the same with Iraq.

Bush: I felt like telling Kofi to call, to get on the phone to Assad and make something happen.

Blair: Yeah.

Bush: [INAUDIBLE]

Blair:[INAUDIBLE]

Bush: We are not blaming the Lebanese government.

Blair: Is this...? (at this point Blair taps the microphone in front of him and the sound is cut.)

Thanks to Ian.

Comments

( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
sinclair_furie
Jul. 17th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHA!
That wasn't even that funny, but. How cool. "this trade thingy" and "they need to... get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit"
:)
An interesting look at international politics, to say the least.
applez
Jul. 17th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
Almost as entertaining as an "Open Mic" comedy broadcast.
britzkrieg
Jul. 17th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
I do appreciate the comic potential in this conversation. CNN's latest headlines on the topic include "Bush, Blair: Candid, open, uncensored" and "The sh_t heard 'round the world."

But really, I see nothing here that surprises me. The conversation highlights an intimacy between Bush and Blair that everyone already knew existed, or at least suspected; they're finishing each other's sentences, almost. Also, nothing is said that contradicts anything I've heard on the news about leaders' positions and planned actions regarding the Mid-East crisis.

And I feel that Bush's use of the expletive here is more than justified.
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