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The 'legacy' question trails Bush on his European tour



PARIS: The finale of George W. Bush's presidency has never seemed more imminent as it has during his tour of European capitals, a farewell visit in which reminiscence, valediction and even eulogies trailed him.

At the Vatican on Friday, Pope Benedict XVI gave the president a tour of the gardens where he prays each evening - the first time a pontiff has done so - and then offered a gift of four volumes about St. Peter's Basilica with an allusion to a life after office.

"Perhaps you'll have some time to read it," Benedict told him.

The night before, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy invited Bush to serve as a visiting professor at a future University of Liberal Thinking, something he compared to Bush's own plans to build an institute devoted to freedom and liberty, which he considers a defining legacy.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, in Berlin, faced the question of how she assessed the Bush presidency and even whether she would miss him. She praised him as the kind of leader with whom she could call "a spade a spade," but, tellingly or not, she omitted an answer about how she would feel when he was gone...

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President Bush heralded a “new era of transatlantic unity” when he arrived in France yesterday, with the location of his speech as significant as its content. By choosing Paris for what White House officials described as “the centrepiece” of his week-long farewell trip to Europe, Mr Bush sought to put the seal on a dramatic transformation in relations with France since President

Sarkozy was elected last year.

Britain, which for so long has acted as a sometimes rickety bridge across the Atlantic, no longer has such strategic diplomatic importance. President Bush is spending two nights in Paris, but only one in London tomorrow — when he will have a private dinner with Gordon Brown after seeing the Queen. Much of his trip to Britain will be devoted to the relatively parochial issue of Northern Ireland before he heads home.

While the Prime Minister has shied away from being seen as too close to the American President — the British Embassy in Washington, for instance, operating under strict orders to maintain a low profile — the French President has quite deliberately donned the mantle once worn by Tony Blair, defiantly — even triumphantly — talking up his love for all things American. Yesterday a US diplomat called Mr Sarkozy the “axis on which our relations with Europe will turn”, adding that his “penchant for action rather than reflection” suited Mr Bush’s own temperament.

Laura Bush told reporters on Air Force One yesterday that she appreciated the warmth that Mr Sarkozy displayed towards her country — “I think all Americans do”. She then told how the US Ambassador in Paris had slipped into the back row of a meeting recently and heard Mr Sarkozy say some “very pro-American things” that were not “for his benefit — he didn’t think Sarkozy knew he was there”...

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