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Bush BBQ at the center of German lawsuit

By Stephen Lowman

HAMBURG -- A BBQ dinner of wild boar and beer, held for President Bush four years ago, is at the center of a lawsuit to be decided in Germany next week.

In 2006, on his way to the G8 Summit in St. Petersburg, Bush toured Germany's Baltic Coast. Later in the evening, he was treated to a feast of wild boar with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the northern town of Trinwillershagen. At the time, the only protests regarding the BBQ came from a few hundred anti-war activists who greeted the president on his arrival.

But when it was reported that the BBQ's bill came to a reported 8.7 million euros, one taxpayer felt he'd been overcharged. Using Germany's freedom of information law, he filed a request to see the exact breakdown of expenditures

His request was originally denied for security reasons. Some 12,000 police officers from several German states were called in for protection at the event.

According to The Local , a court in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania could decide this week whether or not to release the cost breakdown of the BBQ.

When the cost of dinner was later revealed, some in the German press dubbed it "the world's most expensive BBQ."

But how was the wild boar?

The Washington Post reported that Bush was "intrigued" by the boar and that "at his news conference with Merkel, he mentioned it four times. Finally, a German reporter asked, 'Apart from the pig, Mr. President, what sort of insights have you been able to gain as regards East Germany?' Bush deflected the question, turning instead to a Middle East issue."

By Stephen Lowman  |  August 26, 2010; 12:55 PM ET
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Elizabeth: if you wish to be persuasive, you must make an attempt to persuade.

Posted by: JBaustian | August 27, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

J.Baustian
- "based on the performance of Mr Obama during the last 20 months, Mr Bush appears to beat the current occupant of the Oval Office."
=======================================
Clearly this person has a very short attention span.To refresh his memory and others with the same impediment here is short History for Dummies.
For those who appear to be Cheney /Bush regime challenged let's try once more. Slowly this time repeat after me:
Hussein was not threatening our shores.
Iraq was not a threat to our sovereignty.
Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction
Bush did not need to hand deliver a war to the Middle East.

And for a grand finale, financially crippling the country.

If this abysmal record of eight years in the White House is supposed to out smart Obama's excellent job of 20 months. God help America!

Posted by: elizabeth6 | August 27, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Where's the beef?

Posted by: atroncale1 | August 27, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Let me put the facts in it right place: We when faced with embarrassments of embarrassing situation we immediately start to search for someone or some thing blame on. Then attack the person or the thing as if a wild beast without rational thinking as to what we say and do commensurable to the subject our irrational action is on only to divert the matter.

Now feasting on the Boar with the German chancellor that is claimed to be the costliest international feast in the world which our ex-Republican President attended and eat the boar with the lady whom he back rub to the shock of the world community inviting highly negative comments for such action and to the nation.

However, the people who accompanied the President was also interested to have a bite on the Boar live or dead or roasted the ex-President was himself. Instead of first finding out if the feast was worth attending by him. he was least bothered of his status in a foreign country that too as the president of the lone super power. No, he thought to be near the Chancellor is more important and have a bite of the wild bore than the prestige, honor and dignity of his country.

By attending the feast he raised the cost to sky to be paid by the tax payer of that country, can he even now think what he had done to those people and can this irresponsible Republican Ex- President did to invite the negative criticism for the country. Prime Ministers and Presidents of friendly countries visit each others friendly countries to establish strong friendly tied not to enjoy ladies company give back rub to foreign dignitary, and eat wild boar. Now, what would the world community say a uncultured EX-President came to eat wild boar and burden the citizen to pay for his visit and food.

Well, thank God the German to not know that this Republican Ex-President and his accomplices eat up the entire country and left thing for the citizens to survive on. US is survives because of God's blessing.

Political Observers lamented and opined that they have not yet come across a ill brought up, ill fade, ill mannered, without any no how of etiquette a person than this Republican ex-President.


Posted by: BLACKARROW | August 27, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

If you ask me the republican have a total disdain for any one person that is truely capable of having their own original thought as it pertains to the politics of today an has the foresight to them to be able to see through their agenda that is tilted to the far far far right an totaly in the favor of the big richest coporations an their leadership of any in the entire u.s a an i feel that during the bush chenney admin that tok the attitude of let them eat cake for they have shown a total disdain for the avreage working class people an anything that effect their personal lives thank you

Posted by: pbjbeach@yahoo.com | August 27, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

If you ask me the republican have a total disdain for any one person that is truely capable of having their own original thought as it pertains to the politics of today an has the foresight to them to be able to see through their agenda that is tilted to the far far far right an totaly in the favor of the big richest coporations an their leadership of any in the entire u.s a an i feel that during the bush chenney admin that tok the attitude of let them eat cake for they have shown a total disdain for the avreage working class people an anything that effect their personal lives thank you

Posted by: pbjbeach@yahoo.com | August 27, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Bush may have had boar, but those trying convince the rest of us of his intellect, are sheep.

Posted by: jckdoors | August 27, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: alwaysright1

In response your post, it seems your English skills are in need of a tune up because they are many misspellings and much of your arguments are all in talking points with no facts to back it up.

In interest of the BBQ, I like to know what the taxpayer's tab comes to and we have a right to know. Arguing it on security ground is no excuse for obfuscation.

Posted by: beeker25 | August 27, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

George Bush had better grades than John Kerry at Yale. Barry Obama hasn't even released his transcripts.....

Posted by: jshay | August 27, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

To the poster who said Bush got all D's and F's and he has Bush's transcript to prove it...you are full of BS. ...
Posted by: alwaysright1
_____________________________________________
Whoa nutjob lighten up! This article really stirred up the tea baggers!

Posted by: Observer001 | August 27, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

The Secret Service should have thrown themselves on the boar before Bush ate any:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/19/AR2010081901116.html?hpid=sec-world

Posted by: Dan4 | August 27, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

German boar truly makes for a great meal. Unfortunately an American bore at the table ruins it. What a very long evening it must have been for Merkel.

Posted by: joachim1 | August 27, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

The bush Yale transcript shows 30 courses. If a 10 point scale is assumed, it shows 1 "D" and 6 "B"s...and an overall grade average of 77 out of 100.....By the way the average GPA at Yale in 1962 was about 2.3 and it recently was 3.4.....so some slack should be cut for Bushes grades....and Al Gore had very similar grades, though he is clearly smarter......FYI

Posted by: CatSoup | August 27, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

beecheery -
You obviously have no real ideas so you resort to childish name calling. Sorry you had to drop out after the sixth grade but try to get a job at Wal-Mart where people don't have to think, just do as they are told.

Posted by: pjohn2 | August 27, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

To the poster who said Bush got all D's and F's and he has Bush's transcript to prove it...you are full of BS.

Our country is marching to socialism, Oabama can't say good morning without a teleprompter, our Commander in Theif is a bigot and racists, anti-semetic, and favors the muslims. We are at double digit unemployement, he has increased the deficit three times that of Bush, in less than 18 months... and still adding more. he goes around the world apologizing for the U.S. yet we are held less favorable in the worlds eyes today than when Bush was in office.

Bush dealt with 9-11, Katrina and two wars, the housing bubbble burst (which 29 times his administration tried to get congress to act and put a leash on Freddie and Fannie Mac, no thanks to Frank, Waters, and Dodd who said there was nothing wrong, watch the You Tube on that). The dems were in control of the house the last 2 years of his Presidency...yet everyone is still blaming him.

All this crap going on, Obammy is driving us into the ground and all the Post can come up with, is a complaint about the charges for a BBQ that happened over four years ago and which Bush had no control over. And the parting shot was great. When asked about Germany, Mr. Bush changed the topic to the middle east. Maybe because the topic of the day was the middle east you moron.

One more point.. for those who say Obammy is an intellect, why hasn't he shown a single transcript from any o fthe three colleges he attended and where is his thesis from Harvard and how come we can't see that? At least Bush was smart enough to qualify to fly a fighter jet, Obammy was qaulified to oragnize people.

The Post, a has been rag that is losing readership faster than any other publication. And you Obammy supporters, can you say lame duck after Nov 1. Because the conservatives will thwart his every attempt to continue to socialize this country and they will reject the Obammy Health Care efforts.

Novemeber can't come soon enough for me.

Posted by: alwaysright1 | August 27, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

...what?

Posted by: jacktradesaga | August 27, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

So this has devolved into a debate over GWB's college grades? It should be mentioned that, while he may not have been the most brilliant president ever, he was superior to both Mr Gore and Mr Kerry. And, based on the performance of Mr Obama during the last 20 months, Mr Bush appears to beat the current occupant of the Oval Office.

Posted by: JBaustian | August 27, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I have been unable to find one positive thing that Bush did during his presidency. He was by far the worst President to ever live in the White House. The boar gave up his life for no good reason when he ran into Bush. And the German people wasted a lot of money.

Posted by: peever | August 27, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

To Willy39 and gun313

Get your facts straight. I have a copy of GWBs grades from Yale. Almost all D's and F's but he got his degree anyway. If you want, I'll email you a copy. You guys must be butt stupid Tea Baggers.

Posted by: vfcs | August 27, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

What an embarassment to humanity that moron w is. No wonder the world was so relieved when it left power that they gave Obama the Nobel Peace Prize.

Posted by: davidsawh | August 27, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps Cheney the Shooter was the wild boar hunter!

Posted by: winemaster2 | August 27, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Can you not assign comments to a special file called "Off the Wall" such as: Remember George W. Bush's great-grandfather and grandfather Prescott Bush supported Hitler's regime need I say more,that's why he deflected the questioned. This man and his family are not Americans they have a Nazi ideology. Google Prescott Bush the answers are there or use some other search engine and you will see what I am talking about.

Sad to think what ones day must be to give in to such thoughts and then put it in writing.

Posted by: ZebZ | August 27, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Ooooooh, an anti-Bush story to "rally the Leftists."

What a joke the Post has become. There is plenty to bash Obama on, but they brush it under the carpet like pet dander.

Posted by: PLU482 | August 27, 2010 6:06 AM | Report abuse

Remember George W. Bush's great-grandfather and grandfather Prescott Bush supported Hitler's regime need I say more,that's why he deflected the questioned. This man and his family are not Americans they have a Nazi ideology. Google Prescott Bush the answers are there or use some other search engine and you will see what I am talking about

Posted by: austininc4 | August 27, 2010 1:45 AM | Report abuse

The Germans wasted a perfectly good Pig, on that MORON Bush. 8 Million Euro wasted, and the Rabid Reichwingers are still STUPID about the Cheney/Bush Regime.

When it comes to Republicans, it's true about the old saying: "There's a SUCKER born every minute."

Posted by: austininc4 | August 27, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Proper statesmanship is to not criticize ones host in their own country, nor intrude in the common affairs. Its not only in bad taste its bad statesmanship. Answering a question on the status of east Germany's integration is inappropriate to say the least. That is a question that would have best been posed to Merkel.

Bush answering the question he wanted rather than the one he got was dead on and correct. Funny how the clueless and vapid attempt by the author to indirectly criticize, upon reflection does but the opposite.

Posted by: Homunculus | August 27, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Those in addendance were bored with their guest.

Posted by: whocares666 | August 27, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

GRILLADES

Clinton not only bombed Iraq in '98. He also sent missiles into Afghanistan. Going after a guy named Bin Laden. Heard of him?

And the Republicans whined that Clinton was trying to distract with this campaign.

And then W and Dick and Rummy and Condi came in and did SUCH a great job paying attention to the concerns about Al Quaeda that were passed on to them by Clinton et al...

9/11...? Epic National Security Fail...

Keep tootin that horn, man... I'm sure y'all will rewrite history eventually anyway... At least in Texas... And on Fox News...

http://www.cnn.com/US/9808/20/us.strikes.01/

As far as your question is concerned, former U.S. Army intelligence analyst William Arkin, Washington Post column January, 1999:

"Thirty-five of the 100 targets were selected because of their role in Iraq's air defense system, an essential first step in any air war, because damage to those sites paves the way for other forces and minimizes casualties all around. Only 13 targets on the list are facilities associated with chemical and biological weapons or ballistic missiles, and three are southern Republican Guard bases that might be involved in a repeat invasion of Kuwait. The heart of the Desert Fox list (49 of the 100 targets) is the Iraqi regime itself: a half-dozen palace strongholds and their supporting cast of secret police, guard and transport organizations."

Posted by: LeroyTheRoadie | August 26, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

12,000 security personell for a BBQ? How many guests were there? But then, GW always did need an abnormally large non-citizen zone surrounding him.

Gw was a tool, a prop, a likeable bufoon in a cowboy hat.

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | August 26, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect to many who have commented on this story, can you please simply focus on the facts, and not introduce your own hatred of the current President or his policies.

For those who can remember Pres. Bush and his meetings with German Chancellor Merkel, the related video was quite telling. As you may recall, his remarks included several mentions of "that pig" which he could not wait to eat later that evening.

And yes, it was the responsibility of the host nation to make all the necessary catering arrangements. No doubt the Secret Service was included in the planning meetings for security, and probably made suggestions (and even demands), but similar arrangements would occur no matter who the host nation happened to be.

By the way, in Texas they barbecue beef; so this was roast pig or roast pork or boar for Mr. Bush.

Posted by: TheShadowKnows | August 26, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

O.K. BUSH WAS A DIM BULB, BUT A BRIGHTER ONE THAN ODUMBO.

WHY DID AXELGREASE DEEPSIX ODUMBO'S COLLEGE GRADES, SAT, AND LSAT SCORES?

WHY HAS ODUMBO HAD ONLY TWO FULL NEWS CONFRENCES IN NEARLY TWO YEARS?

WHEN NOT ON THE TELEPROMPTER, WHY IS ODUMBO'S MOST REPEATED SYLLABLE 'AHH..'

BECAUSE ODUMBO IS DUMB!REALLY DUMB!

PS. WHY DOES ODUMBO THINK THEY SPEAK AUSTRIAN IN AUSTRIA?

Posted by: beecheery | August 26, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

The following, while not authored by me, is worth repeating:

So Bush was stupid? Let's see, he had higher grades in college than Gore, Kerry or Obama. Oh, you say he didn't have higher grades than Obama? And just exactly where are the college records of Obama? And who else could fly a jet fighter? Obama couldn't even fly a toy plane. His owner and speech writer does everything for him, and that would be one George Soros.

And the birth certificate is where?

Posted by: gun313 | August 26, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

So Bush was stupid? Let's see, he had higher grades in college than Gore, Kerry or Obama. Oh, you say he didn't have higher grades than Obama? And just exactly where are the college records of Obama? And who else could fly a jet fighter? Obama couldn't even fly a toy plane. His owner and speech writer does everything for him, and that would be one George Soros.

And the birth certificate is where?

Posted by: willy39 | August 26, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

As an Obama supporter, I think people who don't like Bush should stop bashing Bush anymore. Seriously, the guy is no longer President and is chilling in the corner minding his own business. He did the best he could and moved on. Comparing a Bush to a pig is silly and juvenile. Personally I liked the guy. He was fun. True, I disagreed with his policies. I don't believe he had any malicious intent. I certainly don't believe he was a fool. You don't get to be President by being a fool. You have to be very smart.He did get carried away with campaign rhetoric sometimes. Effects of his policies are fair game and should be dealt with constructively using indisputable facts as proof. But personal attacks like the one comparing him to a pig are not fair, indecent and certainly uncivil.

Posted by: Obamarama1 | August 26, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Instead of a pig story let's ask Nobama where's the beef? Where's the 3-million jobs? Where's the recovery? How many more times will he say unprecedented? Why didn't Obama at least kiss us before he F@#4ed us?

Posted by: SSTK34 | August 26, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

"Excuse me.. Excuse me. Let's talk about shrimp, as in "We're buying shrimp -come on guys!"

No Gulf shrimp or Iowa eggs.

Posted by: knjincvc | August 26, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse


Bush wanted to talk about the "pig" so much obviously because he was too stupid to discuss any of the actual substantive issues that mattered to the world community, although, the pig probably had the higher IQ between the two.

What a waste of a perfectly good BBQ.

Posted by: vztownes | August 26, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

All this Bush Bashing---its time for it to stop. Bush was chosen by others in the Republican Party to be Their President (ie "very" Rich Devos,Amway and other large financial supporters-they wanted rich man tax cuts and got them, didn't they?) He did exactly what they wanted. Those who voted for him to stop Abortions wasted their votes. Let him live out the rest of his life reflecting on what could have been.
Now we must ignore him. Forget about him. Do not talk about him. George and Laura can have tea parties by themselves and pretend. We have bigger fish to fry because of his leadership and we must move on. George W. who?

Posted by: flatrailer | August 26, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, and you forgot to mention under Bush:

* Illegal war on a soverign country that was no threat.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Would all of you who believe this please explain to me why Bill Clinton launched a bombing campaign against Iraq in 1998, during Operation Desert Fox?

Posted by: GRILLADES | August 26, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

This isn't a Bush story. It's a Merkel story. Bush had nothing to do with this other than to accept an invitation. Do you ask someone who invited you to dinner how much the dinner is going to cost them? But the Post has discovered that people - like me - will read the story if they put "Bush" in the title. Which means people will click on the story and that means they will "see" the ads placed along with the story, which in turn shows that people "saw" their ads, and this generates revenue. IT'S A BUSINESS. But it did give the author a chance to get a snarky quote in. Maybe the author wasn't old enough for the last election and feels he/she missed something.

So if you don't like Bush and you don't like being manipulated - don't read anything with his name in the title.

And besides, give it up. It's Obama's show now.

Posted by: ikins | August 26, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me.. Excuse me. Let's talk about shrimp, as in "We're buying shrimp -come on guys!"

Posted by: chatard | August 26, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

No - we're not going to forget Bush.

Gitmo
Abu Ghraib
$1 Trillion cost for unjustified Iraq war
Warrentless wiretaps
Swift boat politics
Squandering the (modest) surplus
Being asleep during August 2001 and missing the buildup to 9/11

No - we won't forget

Posted by: vdev | August 26, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama_TRAITOR_in_Chief wrote:

> Compared to Obama... Bush sounds really
> good about now.
>
> jobs
> economy
> standard of living
> taxes
> health care
>
> yeah... Bush sounds very good

Let's see. Under Bush:
* jobs: All the good ones sent overseas
* economy: Clinton left him a surplus. Bush gave us a deficit.
* standard of living: declining
* taxes: Cut for only the very wealthy and corporations
* health care: Too expensive and rationed for only those who could afford it.

Oh, and you forgot to mention under Bush:

* Illegal war on a soverign country that was no threat.
* Illegal spying on U.S. citizens
* Impeachable disregard for the Constitution

Sorry. We had eight years of a man whose IQ was matched by his shoe size.

I STILL don't miss Bush. I will NEVER miss Bush.

Posted by: kjclark1963 | August 26, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

The joke is finally on Bush instead of US taxpayers. Boars in Germany have been shown to still be radioactive as a result of the Chernobyl "nukleer" accident in Russia.

Posted by: rlgrennie1 | August 26, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Compared to Obama... Bush sounds really good about now.

jobs
economy
standard of living
taxes
health care

yeah... Bush sounds very good

Posted by: Obama_TRAITOR_in_Chief | August 26, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Tee hee!

Bush is still in hiding to make sure he continues to deflect questions regarding his reasoning behind some of the outrageous things Bush chose to do.

Personally, he was a funny, silly guy.

Posted by: lindalovejones | August 26, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Dubya was a blithering idiot who's entire life and career was controlled with Daddy's money and power. No surprise that Dubya deflected that question since he hasn't had an original thought since the age of four.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | August 26, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

How much insight is one expected to gain over a dinner of roast pig while protected by 12,000 policemen?

Posted by: ronjaboy | August 26, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Finally, a German reporter asked, 'Apart from the pig, Mr. President, what sort of insights have you been able to gain as regards East Germany?' Bush deflected the question, turning instead to a Middle East issue."

What a pig.

Posted by: bs2004 | August 26, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

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