On the Plane

Archive: March 30, 2008 - April 5, 2008

A Future in Croatian Politics for Johndroe?

ZAGREB, Croatia -- Gordon Johndroe has been a fixture in Bushworld for a decade -- he worked on the 1998 governor's race in Texas and the 2000 presidential race, served as an assistant White House press secretary, Department of Homeland Security press secretary, the first lady's press secretary and strategic...

By washingtonpost.com | April 5, 2008; 3:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live, From Bucharest, It's ZAMFIR!!

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Days in the White House filing center on the road can be tedious, mind-numbing and extremely long. Journalists find themselves sitting inside a windowless conference room without ever seeing daylight. But on the other hand, you never know who might show up. During President Bush's journey through...

By Washington Post Editor | April 4, 2008; 6:04 AM ET | Comments (1)

All Cleared for Takeoff

BUCHAREST, Romania -- So why did President Bush abruptly bolt from the last NATO discussion of the day? Maybe he was annoyed to learn the latest news: The White House press charter has been cleared to follow him to his next stop after all. United Airlines grounded all of its...

By Washington Post Editor | April 3, 2008; 4:53 PM ET | Comments (6)

'He's Got a Few Other Things to Do'

BUCHAREST, Romania -- So he's a busy guy. That's what President Bush's top advisers said when asked why he suddenly bolted from the last NATO summit meeting this evening. Our colleague, Terry Hunt of the Associated Press, pigeonholed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and national security adviser Stephen Hadley after...

By Washington Post Editor | April 3, 2008; 2:48 PM ET | Comments (11)

He's Outta There

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Enough is enough, it seems. With the NATO summit meetings consistently running two hours over schedule most of the day, President Bush abruptly got up and left the last formal session of the day, not bothering to wait for an official summit photograph of all the leaders....

By Washington Post Editor | April 3, 2008; 1:12 PM ET | Comments (20)

At NATO Meetings, No Tight Schedules

BUCHAREST, Romania -- He's polite enough not to say so publicly, but President Bush is probably pretty annoyed by now. Not just that NATO rejected his bid to push two former Soviet republics closer to membership, but that they're taking so long in doing so. Bush is famous for his...

By washingtonpost.com | April 3, 2008; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (6)

Overseas Travel Keeps Bush Off Stride

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Like Condoleezza Rice, President Bush, of course, is also an exercise demon and likes his routine. Traveling overseas on these country-a-day trips can sometimes throw him off just a bit. Take his speech this morning to a parallel conference before the NATO summit began tonight. He stumbled...

By Eric Pianin | April 2, 2008; 5:59 PM ET | Comments (9)

Safety First, Even for the Press Corps

BUCHAREST, Romania -- It's always something. First the hotels, now the plane. The White House press charter that ferries journalists, presidential staff and Secret Service agents whenever the president travels has been grounded. The chartered jumbo jet is one of the 52 Boeing-777 aircraft that United Airlines ordered out of...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | April 2, 2008; 1:50 PM ET | Comments (58)

Sweating for Peace

The Fitness magazine spread on Secretary of State Rice. BUCHAREST, Romania -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined President Bush on his trip, flying in on her own jet from Jordan and catching up to the Commander in Chief in Ukraine before coming here for the NATO summit that...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | April 2, 2008; 9:26 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bush Counsels Ukraine's Squabbling Leaders

KIEV, Ukraine -- President Bush may not know much about living in a former Soviet republic struggling to establish a democracy, but he knows a thing or two about political combat. And so he found himself today giving advice to Ukraine's famously squabbling leaders. President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister...

By Eric Pianin | April 1, 2008; 7:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hotel Tab for President's Entourage Is No Joke

KIEV, Ukraine -- It turned out not to be an April Fool's joke. And if anything, the joke is on us. Not only did the Radisson here jack up the rates for the traveling White House party, so did the Hyatt, where Bush, his top aides and the handful of...

By Eric Pianin | April 1, 2008; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

In Kiev, Presidential Bubble Feels Pinch of Dollar's Demise

KIEV, Ukraine -- President Bush is on the road again, landing here in this former Soviet republic this evening for the first leg of a week-long trip that will also take him to Romania, Croatia and eventually Russia as he tries to reorganize the security architecture of Europe before leaving...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | March 31, 2008; 7:25 PM ET | Comments (12)

 

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