Bush's Farewell Tour

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SETTING OFF: For the last time as President, Bush heads for Europe

They may be inky-fingered wretches, but political commentators have soul. That is why they always manage to find the poignancy that accompanies the departure from the stage of those who were once giants.

Admittedly, in the case of the European press and George Bush, who started a week-long five-nation visit to Europe on June 9, such generosity will not be easily granted. Bush could discover an unexpected love for cricket, announce that he and Laura were planning to vacation on the Côte d'Azur, declare that his most fervent wish was to march in Berlin's Love Parade,...

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