Bush laments life `in a bubble' while in Berlin

May 24, 2002|By COX NEWS SERVICE

BERLIN - Traveling to global capitals isn't all glamour - even for one of the most powerful men in the world.

That's what President Bush has discovered after 16 months spent bounding from one insulated motorcade to the next with rarely a moment to mingle or take in the local culture.

"I live in a bubble," Bush exclaimed yesterday after a German reporter asked whether he was troubled by seeing this historic city as "a kind of ghost town." Berlin's streets had been cleared by security precautions.

"It frustrates me not to be able to see this growing city. But that's just life in the bubble," Bush said. "That's just what happens when you're the president. And I knew that going in, so I'm not griping about it."

As a precaution against the threat of terror, and to keep Bush far from tens of thousands of anti-American protesters, Berlin authorities cordoned off a square mile around Bush's hotel.

"When I come back," Bush said to German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, "you can show me around. We'll go fishing."

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