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The Smell of Fear: Bush Terrified to Be Seen with Iran’s President Ahmadinejad

Reported by Marie Therese - September 18, 2006 -

According to Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on this morning’s FOX & Friends First, George W. Bush and his handlers are “terrified” that the American President might end up in the same room with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sometime in the next few days.

BRIAN KILMEADE: “Right now all the world leaders are convening in New York City. The President’s here and the question is what will be discussed and when will the President make his speech and how does it relate to when the Iranian President makes his speech.”

STEVE DOOCY (snidely, distorting certain words and names to show his disdain): “In particular, that’s the part I want to see because, you know, a couple of weeks ago we told you about how the President of Iran, Mr. Ahmadinejad, said that he wanted to debate our President and he’d love to do it at the United Nations. So Bush’s handlers are gonna be really careful because they’re are going to be a number of different events where the two of them will be in the same room and Team Bush is terrified that Mr. Ahmadinejad is gonna come over and shake hands and then there’s gonna be a picture and there’s gonna be a lot of trouble and that’s the last thing that he wants. Back in - I think it was in - umm - within the last ten years, at one - 2000 I think it was - when President Bill Clinton at that point was at an event, Fidel Castro walked up and shook his hand and Team Clinton was so shook up initially his handlers said ‘No, they never shook hands’ and then later they had to admit ‘OK, maybe they did, but just for a second.’”

COMMENT: The Clinton-Castro handshake story, as recounted by Doocy, is not accurate. Bill Clinton willingly shook hands with Fidel Castro when they met at a luncheon. He was not waylaid by Castro and forced to shake hands. Clinton was not “terrified” of Castro, as Bush is of Ahmadinejad. For more on the historic handshake that angered anti-Castro Cubans, click here.

KILMEADE: Well, you know, the U. N. organizers, Kofi Annan’s group, are really trying to tweak the President and the U. S. by making them talk on the same day and the U. S. and the White House trying to say ‘Let’s spread these guys out a little bit.’ Personally I don’t see anything wrong with these guys meeting and talking. Let’s just have it out and let them go through it. I think it looks bad that the President’s going out of his way - or it seems that way - his logistics people to go out of the way not to see him. (reading from laptop) But in the big picture, I think it’s great that the President is meeting with the people that stood by the U. S. when it came to Iraq, like El Salvador, like Honduras, like ...

DOOCY: Now, wait a minute, he’s also meeting with Jacques Chirac.

KILMEADE: It’s OK. He’s - uh - you know, he’s on the Security Council

DOOCY: Look, I don’t why the Bush people would be worried because, if the two of them were in an alley, who’s gonna win? Is it going to be Bush or is it this little bony guy from Iran?

KILMEADE: Yeah. You know, as - I would take Bush and the points, big-time.

DOOCY: Oh, yeah. (laughter from the stage crew)

KILMEADE: But here’s the thing, is - ah (glances at laptop) - will he wear the Members Only jacket and does he have more than one? Here’s the other thing about this whole address. It is going to be about the President addressing Iran through the world, saying stalling is not going to be acceptable when it comes to nuclear issues and THAT is going to be the thrust of the entire thing - and also the spread of democracy.


In a back alley fight between the two Presidents, Ahmadinejad, in 10 seconds, by a knockout, provided Bush didn’t run and the fight was fair.

And don’t you just love how “the spread of democracy” is an afterthought in Kilmeade’s last statement?

Reminder to all of you who live in New York. There will be a protest march on Tuesday, September 19th.

From United for Peace & Justice.

In a stunning turn of events, the NYC Police Department has reversed its previous decision to deny us a permit to march near the United Nations on Sept. 19th.

When the NYPD told us there would be no marches in the vicinity of the UN that day, we announced that we would march anyway, even if it meant we went to jail. We have just learned that we are being given a permit for a march and rally that morning to call for an end to the war in Iraq.

Assemble: 9 am at 6th Avenue and 37th Street

March: Begins at 9:30 am

We will march north on 6th Avenue to 47th Street, then east on 47th Street to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza between 2nd and 1st Avenues (across the street from the UN). Bring your signs and banners, your chants and songs. Let's be visible and loud! Please note: We have agreed to march on the sidewalks for this demonstration.

Rally: 11 am to 12 noon at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza

Click on the link above for more information.