In a recording of luncheon chatter captured by Russian television, Bush expresses some of his true sentiments about the Middle East during a G8 meeting.
The president makes clear (to British Prime Minister Tony Blair) that he thinks the United Nations needs to put pressure on Syria to influence the militant Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah to end the attacks on Israel -- "See, the irony is that what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it's over."
The president also says on the recording (to Russian President Vladimir V. Putin) that he will talk off the cuff during his final remarks, and he will keep them short -- "I'm just gonna make it up. I'm not gonna talk too damn long like the rest of 'em. Some of these guys talk too long."
The president also received a geography lesson from Chinese President Hu Jintao. In a converation with President Hu, Bush says, "Where you going? Home? This is your neighborhood. Doesn't take too long to get home?" When he hears that Hu's flight to Beijing is eight hours, Bush says, "Me too." Bush then turns to someone and says, "Takes him eight hours to fly home. Takes me eight hours to fly home. Eight hours. Russia's big and so's China."
I'm glad the President of the United States just realized Russia and China are big countries.