Bush 41 In China: Kinda Like Old Times

The Washington Post interviews the senior George Bush (“Bush 41”) during his trip to Beijing, with his son and several other family members, as honorary captain of the U.S. Olympics team:

The two presidents have spent a lot of time together here: at the dedication of the new U.S. Embassy in China, dinner with the U.S. ambassador, lunch with Chinese President Hu Jintao. The two also watched swimmer Michael Phelps smash a world record and attended the big U.S.-China basketball game on Sunday night with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, a longtime Bush family friend.

[…] The visit to China, his 22nd since leaving the Oval Office in 1993, has served as a kind a nostalgic homecoming for the senior Bush: As the U.S. envoy in China in the mid-’70s, Bush put in practice an approach to personal diplomacy that reached its apex nearly 20 years later, when as president, Bush called in a lifetime’s worth of chits with other world leaders to marshal the grand coalition that evicted Saddam Hussein from Kuwait.

The report includes a video segment.


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