12 June 2007

Did Albanians steal Bush's watch?

Yet another soon-to-be-famous YouTube moment. 300 000 people so far have watched George Bush being stripped off his watch by the crowd of cheering Albanians in the village of Fushe Kruja.

The excited villagers tried to shake Bush's hand or at least touch him, while chanting "Bushie, Bushie". As Bush re-emerged from the crowd, it was clearly visible that his watch was missing. According to the Albanian authorities, the watch fell off and was returned to one of Bush's bodyguards.

The American version sounded more believable: "He took it off," said the White House spokesperson. Certainly didn't look like that on YouTube, or did it? "I'm not going to change what I'm saying. I was told that he took it off about the one-minute mark."

Noone would have expected the White House to admit what really happened just five years ago. But with the arrival of YouTube it seems almost counter-productive to lie in order not to embarrass one's ally. YouTube is a new power in politics.


Tim said...

I don't know why, but do you really think that the most guarded man in this planet gets his wristwatch stolen by some local thief? This is nonsense! Maybe you should read an article; that guy/girl tips out some good points of this case http://www.benisblog.com/2007/08/08/the-story-of-the-presidents-wristwatch-being-stolen-is-it-true/
and than think again who is clever and who is not.

Tomáš Ruta said...

Yes, you are right. It seems like the watch wasn't stolen after all. I wrote this post at the time when the general opinion was different and did not care to update the "readership".

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