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Archive: Bush in Africa, Feb. 2008

The Casualties Keep Coming

MONROVIA, Liberia -- Good thing everyone's about to head home because the casualties keep mounting. In addition to Deborah Charles's hand, a number of people on the trip have suffered from dehydration or other maladies. At one point, White House press secretary Dana Perino was given fluids through an intravenous...

By Washington Post Editor | February 21, 2008; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bush in Liberia: Autographer-in-Chief

MONROVIA, Liberia --Deborah Charles, a Reuters correspondent, has had a rough trip. She fell down at the start of a presidential event in Kigali, Rwanda, and messed up her hand pretty badly. But she'll come out of the experience with a rather unique keepsake. Air Force Col. Richard Tubb, the...

By Washington Post Editor | February 21, 2008; 07:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Singing for a Cause

ACCRA, Ghana -- Rest easy, everyone. President Bush didn't sing. But Jordin Sparks did. Jordin Sparks sings while President Bush listens. (Photo - Jason Reed/Reuters). Last year's "American Idol" winner belted out the national anthem at the U.S. ambassador's residence here today as part of her campaign against malaria in...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | February 20, 2008; 03:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bush Eagerly Awaited This Day

KIGALI, Rwanda -- It was the moment that nine other American presidents waited for but never saw. Finally, Fidel Castro, the bete noire of Washington for the past half-century, is stepping down. For President Bush, the news caught up to him here in Africa when Ben Feller of the Associated...

By Washington Post Editor | February 19, 2008; 05:15 PM ET | Comments (16)

Surprise Interview

KIGALI, Rwanda -- With the presidential campaign in full swing and not much big news on this trip, most of the star television correspondents stayed home. But a new celebrity journalist showed up in the tiny room where the White House media were parked to wait for President Bush here...

By Washington Post Editor | February 19, 2008; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bush Pressed on Daughter's Wedding

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - President Bush is excited about the upcoming wedding of his daughter, Jenna, and fiance Henry Hager. Really. Just don't ask him how it's coming. "It's coming like I have nothing to say about it, is how it's coming," he joked with Ann Curry of NBC's...

By Washington Post editors | February 18, 2008; 02:16 PM ET | Comments (37)

Welcoming Bush ... But Waiting For Obama

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- For a president in his last year in office, heading overseas is one sure-fire means of getting away from that annoying election campaign to succeed you for a little while. Or is it? Tanzanian dancers wear "kanga", traditional African cloths, bearing the image of President...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | February 17, 2008; 06:30 PM ET | Comments (6)

Bush Not Known for Being a Tourist

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- President Bush is not known for being much of a tourist. He likes to race through even the most extraordinary corners of the world as quickly as possible -- he skipped the Taj Mahal in India, powered through the Kremlin cathedrals in seven minutes flat...

By washingtonpost.com | February 17, 2008; 03:46 PM ET | Comments (49)

Jet Lag Makes Even Bush a Little 'Grumpy'

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- Greetings from Africa, where President Bush is visiting for the second time while in office, jetting from coast to coast to tout his efforts to fight AIDS, malaria and poverty. On the Plane is back to take you a little behind the scenes and tell...

By Eric Pianin | February 17, 2008; 01:04 PM ET | Comments (13)


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