Sunday, February 27, 2005

Bush Recieves A Warm Welcome In New Europe

After days of chilly receptions in old Europe, where liberty has been replaced with equality and the freedom bought with American blood is taken for granted, President Bush recieved a very warm reception in New Europe. The "too cultured to fight for anyone's freedom (including thier own)" French, and the "forever guilt ridden so we will hate all militaries including our own" German's were not to be bothered by a visiting "war monger", who has added tens of millions to the roll call of people's who freedom AMerica is responsible for. In Bratislava, who's country introduced President Bush by comparing him to Ronald Reagan, thousands stood in snow and blustery winds for hours waiting to hear President Bush speak:

At last President George W Bush found some European fans yesterday. After three days of muted receptions, Mr Bush received a far cheerier welcome behind the old Iron Curtain as enthusiastic Slovaks applauded him for visiting them on the last stop of his tour across the continent.

Thousands of Slovaks defied swirling snow and a bitter wind to wait for several hours to hear Mr Bush speak in the heart of their capital, Bratislava.

"We love him," said Arlena Turceanova, a 47-year-old lawyer, bursting with the pride felt by many Slovaks that Mr Bush chose their little country for his third and last stop. "He is president from a great country. It is wonderful that he comes here."

The Slovak prime minister, Mikulas Dzurinda, set the tone when he introduced Mr Bush to the crowd with an implicit comparison to the late Ronald Reagan, who devoted much of his presidency to combating and denouncing the Soviet Union. For the White House, it was a reassuring reminder that Mr Bush's stock remains high in New Europe, as Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, famously described the more recent East European members of the EU and Nato.

The rally also provided the perfect image to end the four-day tour. A sea of Slovak and American flags fluttered above the crowd in the city's neo-classical central square as Mr Bush hailed Slovakia's move to democracy as part of his cherished "march of freedom".

What is the primary difference in "Old Europe" and "New Europe"? New Europeans are still grateful for the freedom they have. They cherish it, they embrace it, and they remember who stood with them in their darkest hours, while Old Europeans resent the fact that their once powerful nations must rely on the United States for their common defense.
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