Skip to comments.A Day in the Life of President Bush (in Israel & Kuwait, many photos): 1-11-08
Posted on 01/11/2008 6:56:56 PM PST by silent_jonny
On his final day in Israel, President Bush toured Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Shimon Peres joined the president. (Transcript)
From there the president traveled to Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee, following in the footsteps of Christ as he visited the House of St. Peter and the Church of the Beatitudes.
Ed Gillespie: The President had fun on the tour, laughing with the nuns so often I joked with Chief of Staff Josh Bolten I was worried someones knuckles were going to get smacked with a ruler!
There was a farewell ceremony at Ben-Gurion International Airport as President Bush boarded Air Force One. He said that he would return to Israel in May to celebrate the countrys 60th anniversary.
During the flight to Kuwait, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke to the press aboard Air Force One. (Transcript)
Q: So do you have any announcement of where we're going? Anything special?
Secretary Rice: We're going to Kuwait. (Laughter.)
The Kuwaitis rolled out their own red carpet for President Bush as he arrived in Kuwait City. The president met with leaders there and spoke to them about Iran and the need to keep that country from developing a nuclear weapon.
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Quote of the Day:
President Bush:(speaking at the Holocaust Memorial) I guess I came away with this impression, that I was most impressed that people, in the face of horror and evil, would not forsake their God, and in the face of unspeakable crimes against humanity, brave souls young and old stood strong for what they believe.
Photo of the Day:
President George W. Bush is accompanied by two friars as he views the Sea of Galilee Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, during his visit to Capernaum before leaving Israel. According to Scripture, this is where Jesus walked upon the water.
Nice photo. Prayers for a safe journey and return.
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Ed Gillespie: After a later-than-usual dinner at Prime Minister Olmerts residence last night with members of his cabinet, we were on the road early this morning to visit Yad Vashem, Israels Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.
Thanks for all your hard work, Jonny!
Yes...pray HARD that he is successful and that he gets home safely SOON!
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President George W. Bush walks with Israel's President Shimon Peres, right, and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, center, as they arrive Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, in Jerusalem, where the President laid a wreath in honor of Holocaust victims before departing Jerusalem for Galilee.
President George W. Bush listens to Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, as he visits the Hall of Names in Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, in Jerusalem Friday, Jan. 11, 2008. Joining the President in the visit are, from left, President Shimon Peres, of Israel; Josef Lapid, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, and Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Ed Gillespie: Its hard to overstate the impact felt touring Yad Vashem. It is exceptionally well done, and brings a very personal dynamic to the historic atrocities of the Nazi Regime, including not only victims but the evil men who engaged in systematic genocide. Our guide said the decision to feature Third Reich leaders as part of an exhibit was somewhat controversial, but the decision was justified to my mind as peoples heads nodded up and down hearing our guide make the point that these men were not monsters, but ordinary individuals who committed extraordinary acts of evil.
Awesome photo of the day.
I can just hear the negative comments about “walking on
water”.....which he comes close to doing for us! :D
I am just kidding...but he is a good man!
President George W. Bush listens to Avner Shalev, Director of Yad Vashem.
NOTE: As you may have heard, Avner Shalev made headlines today when he reported President Bush said during the tour that the US should have bombed Auschwitz.
"We should have bombed it," Shalev, speaking in Hebrew, quoted Bush as saying.
As Freeper Ann Archy commented on this thread: Good Grief...I would NOT believe this memorial guy to repeat exactly what Bush said.
Exactly. The quote--which was an overheard fragment of conversation--was translated from English to Hebrew, then from Hebrew back to English.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who the president was actually speaking to when he made the comment, explained to the press:
We were talking about the often discussed "could the United States have done more by bombing the train tracks." And so we were just talking about the various explanations that had been given about why that might not have been done. That was all. It wasn't a major discussion. It was an exhibit about the train tracks. And so we were just talking about the various explanations because, you know, there are three or four different explanations about why the United States chose not to try to bomb the train tracks.
A Rabbi sings during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance in the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008
President George W. Bush looks on during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance in the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Jerusalem, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008.
Thanks for the dose what a lovely photo for the opening one that sea looks lovely.
Ed Gillespie:After the museum tour, President Bush on behalf of the United States rekindled the Eternal Flame at Yad Vashem and laid a wreath on a memorial slab under which are interred the remains of Jews who were among the millions murdered at six different death camps.
President George W. Bush rekindles the eternal flame commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust, in the Hall of Remembrance in the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008
President George W. Bush pauses to pay respects in the Hall of Remembrance Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. With him, from left, are: Josef Lapid, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council; Israels President Shimon Peres, Israels Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate.
I have been trying to go to bed for the last half hour.. but am so glad I refreshed my comments one last time & saw ping to the Dose.. I had wanted to see the pix from todays & yesterday’s happenings..
thank you.. I am sure he will come back with a renewed faith for his visit to the places of history for the Christian faith.. have real places rather than names makes such a difference. The pix of day is remarkable.. I love it. Am biased towards silhouette pix anyway
I want to know what jokes our President told to the nuns that made them laugh so much. I can NOT begin to guess.
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President George W. Bush bows his head as Marines lay a wreath on behalf of the United States of America, honoring the victims of the Holocaust, during a visit Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.
Hey you guys. This is the first time I have ever seen a Marine detail, in dress uniforms, standing with the President at an overseas event like this. What’s the story?
President George W. Bush shakes hands with a member of the choir during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance in the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Jerusalem, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008.
President Bush: Mr. President and Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for your wonderful hospitality. I would hope as many people in the world would come to this place, it would be a sobering reminder that evil exists and a call that when we find evil we must resist it. It also is a -- I guess I came away with this impression, that I was most impressed that people, in the face of horror and evil, would not forsake their God, and in the face of unspeakable crimes against humanity, brave souls young and old stood strong for what they believe.
It's an honor to be here. It is a moving experience, and it is a living memory that is important. Thank you, sir.
President George W. Bush's signature is seen underneath a line he wrote reading 'God bless Israel', in the guest book of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008.
Ed Gillespie: These actions [lighting the Eternal Flame and laying the wreath] and his thoughtful spontaneous remarks after signing the guest book provided some sense of catharsis for his quiet staff and others who toured the museum.
President George W. Bush is greeted by nuns at the Church of the Beatitudes in Galilee Friday, Jan. 11, 2008. The stop marked the last in Israel for President Bush who later arrived in Kuwait City, Kuwait, on the second leg of his eight-day Mideast visit.
President George W. Bush, center, talks with Catholic nuns during a visit to the Church of the Beatification on the Mount of Beatitudes, at the shores of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, Friday Jan. 11, 2008.
President Bush laughs as he stands with Catholic nuns during a visit to the Church of the Beatification on the Mount of Beatitudes, at the shores of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, Friday, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008.
President George W. Bush pauses for a photo opportunity with nuns at the Church of the Beatitudes Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, during his last stop in Israel.
Ed Gillespie: From Jerusalem the President left for Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee and a visit to the House of St. Peter, then the nearby Mount of the Beatitudes. Both are administered by the Franciscan order of the Catholic clergy, who led the President on a tour of each site. At the Church of the Beatitudes, the President was greeted by a group of nuns who walked with him through the tour. The President had fun on the tour, laughing with the nuns so often I joked with Chief of Staff Josh Bolten I was worried someones knuckles were going to get smacked with a ruler!
The visits to these moving sites on our last day in Israel capped a very productive visit to the Holy Land.
President George W. Bush visits the ruins of Capernaum Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. The site, inhabited from 150 BC to AD 750, is reported to have been the home of the apostles Peter, Andrew, James and John, and according to the Book of Matthew, it was the town of Jesus, himself.
resident George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stand amidst the ruins of Capernaum, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, during his final stop Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, in Israel.
President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, accompanied by Franciscan priests, look at the "Insula II" ruins in the ancient village of Capernaum, January 11, 2008.
President George W. Bush talks with a Catholic nun during a visit to the Church of the Beatification on the Mount of Beatitudes, at the shores of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, Friday Jan. 11, 2008.
President George W. Bush participates in a tour of the Church of the Beatitudes Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, during his visit to Galilee. The President later departed Israel for Kuwait on the second stop of his eight-day, Mideast visit.
So beautiful and wonderful to see the Dose again. I have missed it so much. God bless President Bush and keep him safe throughout this extraordinary trip.
Wow...what incredible pictures s_j! Great Dose my FRiend. I just took a look before I got the puppies ready for bed. Great pictures....Wow - I sure would like to have gone along on the trip ;-) I’m sure it did our President’s soul good to be there. Now, dear Lord help him and all that travel with him to return safely to our soil.
President George W. Bush shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, right, as Israeli President Shimon Peres, left, looks on prior to Bush's departure from Ben Gurion International Airport Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, in Tel Aviv
I just smiled and realized I posted what I said in post #43.
President George W. Bush waves to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, right, and Israeli President Shimon Peres, left, as he boards Air Force One in Tel Aviv, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008.
President Bush waves as he boards Air Force One before leaving for Kuwait following an official departure ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008.
Ed Gillespie: Im writing this now from Kuwait City, where Air Force One touched down an hour ago as President Bush and Secretary Rice move on to meet with neighbors in the Gulf. They will share with them what they heard from Prime Minister Olmert and President Abbas, and encourage these Arab leaders to support their efforts to secure an agreement that would help bring peace and stability to the Middle East. They will also talk about progress in Iraq, and the need to continue efforts to ensure that Iran is not able to gain the knowledge necessary to develop a nuclear weapon.
President George W. Bush waves during his arrival at Kuwait International Airport, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, in Kuwait City, Kuwait
President George W. Bush is greeted by Amir Shaykh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al Sabah after arriving Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City.
President George W. Bush, center, walks with Emir of Kuwait Sheik Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, right, during an arrival ceremony at Kuwait International Airport, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 in Kuwait City, Kuwait
President George W. Bush and Amir Shaykh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al Sabah stand for the playing of their national anthems Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, shortly after the arrival of President Bush to Kuwait City.
Honor guards stand at attention Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, during arrival ceremonies for President George W. Bush at Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City.
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