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Laura Bush suspected poisoning at G8 summit

The Local · 28 Apr 2010, 16:33

Published: 28 Apr 2010 16:33 GMT+02:00

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In her memoir “Spoken From the Heart,” Bush said that she and her husband fell violently ill on the second day of the summit in the exclusive Baltic Sea resort.

“Exceedingly alarmed, the Secret Service went on full alert, combing the resort for potential poisons,” wrote Bush according to the news website Politico. “The overriding fear was that terrorists had gotten control of a dangerous substance and planted it at the resort.”

In addition to the president and his wife, other members of the US delegation became ill, including one staff member who suffered permanent hearing loss.

“We never learned if any other delegations became ill, or if ours, mysteriously, was the only one,” wrote Bush according to the New York Times.

But no-one could ever find conclusive evidence the Americans had been poisoned.

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“The most concrete conclusion any doctors could reach was that we contracted a virus that attacks a nerve near the inner ear and is prevalent in Heiligendamm,” she wrote.

Mrs. Bush’s memoir will be published on May 4.

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17:00 April 28, 2010 by wmm208
Kartoffel mit brown sauce is scary indeed.
17:18 April 28, 2010 by William Thirteen
oddly enough i also became violently ill each time that dimwit opened his mouth.
17:29 April 28, 2010 by wmm208
Best massage Angel Merkel ever had....
17:52 April 28, 2010 by Kayak
"Sorry hon - did you say someth'n hon? I caint hear ya. There must be someth'n wrong with ma ears... I don't un'erstand ja! What word is he say'n... what's that? They're German? What language is do they speak?"
18:33 April 28, 2010 by biker hotel harz
Pity they didn't make a proper job of it!
18:55 April 28, 2010 by Celeon
First the Bretzel incident, then the faulty Segway that almost made Bush break his neck, the lowered doorframe ceiling of the presidental helicopter that was supposed to break his skull, a extremely deadly shoe flying past him and now the even more deadly mutated Heiligendamm inner-ear virus attack ! :-D

I remember how the secret service did not allow the people in Merkel's hometown to wave little u.s flags near him. They feared they could be abused to stab Bush. ROFL

Death lures everywhere George , muahahahah !

I bet the secret service now regularly checks his toothbrush aswell. :-D

You never know when it may explode in his mouth ROFL
19:19 April 28, 2010 by Hebbellover

I thought Europeans were suppose to be much more forgiving, love all, etc...I guess as long as they are Muslim immigrants? Very interesting that some comments border on suggesting killing an elected leader of another country. Seems to me that is not very tolerant.
20:18 April 28, 2010 by wmm208
Actually, its typisch....
20:34 April 28, 2010 by ierpe
Actually, it's called sarcasm....
20:39 April 28, 2010 by Beynch
Looking at that incompetent, marxist, oaf we have in the White House now, Bush almost seems like a savior. Does anyone miss him yet? I do.
20:40 April 28, 2010 by marksmar
I wish this had been reported at the time of the incident. It would have given many hope for the future...


I believe the sticking point of your comment would be, "...an elected leader...".
21:52 April 28, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Beynch --

Don't you have a tea party to go to?
22:40 April 28, 2010 by wxman
Hebbellover & Beynch: Looks like we're the only ones on this thread that don't drink Marxist Kool Aid every day.
22:49 April 28, 2010 by OkieinBerlin
wxman, Hebbellover, Beynch: Accept the fact that many "good, loyal Americans" think differently from you -- it doesn't mean that they're Marxist,

incompetent, traitorous, treasonous and all that nonsense. It's part of living in a democracy. And if you don't like it this way, then leave the country for a less democratic place that might suit you more.
22:50 April 28, 2010 by wmm208
Seems like "socialism" and the "Welfare State" has failed....Kapitalismus #1
23:53 April 28, 2010 by wxman
@OkieinBerlin. Many on the left insisting they would leave the country if George Bush became president back in 2000. I don't recall any of them actually doing it. You, and those who think like you, have a big advantage over the rest of us in that there are many socialist nations around the world, including our neighbor to the north to go to. We, on the other hand, have no where else to go and we categorically refuse to let you change the basic structure of our Nation as it was envisioned and designed by our Founders. You can leave if you want something else; we will stay and defend what we have - - to the MAX. Count on it.
23:59 April 28, 2010 by wmm208
Hebbellover: Looks like the dominant xenophobic gene is here. Typisch...
00:05 April 29, 2010 by Prufrock2010
wxman --

I doubt that you've ever read the U.S. Constitution, and if you did you haven't the slightest idea what it says. The only assault on the Constitution these days is coming from the far right and the activist Roberts court. Read Citizens United v. FEC for an eye opener. Or perhaps you prefer to get all your information from constitutional scholars like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.

By the way, I did leave when the shrub stole the election. So now you know one who actually did it.

How's that Blackwater gig working out for ya?
00:44 April 29, 2010 by wxman
The activist Robert's court? The activists are the one who change the Constitution, not hte one's who preserve it. Most of those on the court are leftists. As for my not being familiar with the Constitution, I most certainly am. If you'll recall, all powers belong to the States, except for the few allocated to the federal government. If it doesn't involve the postal service, defense, foreign policy or interstate transportation, the MFing government needs to keep the eff out of it! Learn it.
00:53 April 29, 2010 by wmm208
Prufrock2010 - Why do you assume everyone is a contractor? Are we as commentors, wheather we are bankers, lawyers, doctors, teachers, handymen or whatever, not good enough for you because you are some civil servant who knows some bts about law? You have done that now to me, to wxman and to numerous others. Your comments are also very xenophobic. You should watch your mouth...You know what they say about yelling into a forest?
00:56 April 29, 2010 by wxman
Sorry I left you out wmm208 in my earlier comment, brother.
01:07 April 29, 2010 by Prufrock2010
I learned it a long time ago, friend. Now name the "leftists" on the court. Scalia? Alito? Roberts? Thomas? Stevens (a Republican)? Ginsburg? Sotomayor?

Barry Goldwater would be a leftist in your John Birch Society world.

By the way, Mr. Constitutional expert, what do you think of the constitutionality of the new Arizona racial profiling law in the context of the supremacy clause? Does Arizona have the right to enforce immigration policy?

Oh, and have you ever heard of the 14th Amendment? You know, that thorny little equal protection prong?

What about the commerce clause? Does the federal government have the right to regulate interstate commerce?

You ought to study up on some of these things if your militia group allows you to read anything other than the Turner Diaries.
02:02 April 29, 2010 by wxman
If the federal government doesn't enforce laws that they have instituted that affect the well being of States, do the States not have a right to enforce them, for their own protection and the rights and safety of their citizens? Of course they do, and many other border States will follow in their footsteps. This is all about getting what could be up to 40 or 50 million illegal immigrants on the voting roles. We all know who this benefits. 50 percent of the US population is slave labor who are forced to relinquish at least half of what they earn through their labor and sweat to a government that does not represent them. We went through this 145 years ago. It was illegal and immoral then, as it is now. If it were to come to it, we would have no recourse but to engage in an economic Jihad. We would cut our own noses off to spite you on the left. Quit our jobs and put our hands out demanding the same goodies. Who would then produce the necessary funds to fuel the socialist state? The system would quickly collapse into anarchy, but if that's what you push us to, so be it. I suggest you read Atlas Shrugged. Dated, but still contemporary. We will do it, make no mistake. Oh yeah, and remember who has the guns.
02:51 April 29, 2010 by wmm208
I wonder what Obama will eat at the BBQ coming up when he returns to Germany? hackfliesch mit xXx. I am sure CIA and SS is taste testing now....
02:55 April 29, 2010 by Christine1
Mrs. Bush should be more concerned about the teenager that she murdered (gee, how DIDN'T she get jail time for that??) than a stomach virus that she, and her husband had while in Germany. What will we hear next, that her father-in-law was poisoned while he puked in Japan years ago??? She should keep the drama to herself already...
03:42 April 29, 2010 by wmm208
She was not driving the car Christine1....I would be wary of stasi members still lurking over there myself....
06:57 April 29, 2010 by DublinMick
I knew that hookem horn sign would eventually get the Schickelgrubbers in trouble.
10:36 April 29, 2010 by dbert4
It wasn't a virus, it was karma finally catching up to "evil do'ers". Watch out, the "contractors" will be next as revenge for the benefits they receive and the taxes that they don't pay! Whilst parroting Republican anti-tax talking points I will add.
10:46 April 29, 2010 by michael4096
..there are many socialist nations around the world, including our neighbor to the north to go to. We, on the other hand, have no where else to go..
A wonderful statement. Made my day.
10:55 April 29, 2010 by Prufrock2010
wxman --

I had you pegged, right down to a t (party). Ayn Rand, indeed. You're just another crypto-libertarian racist wannabe militiaman threatening the violent overthrow of the U.S. government. That's called sedition, by the way, and its a crime.

If you and your ignorant ilk want to start another civil war, be my guest. If you want to secede from the Union, don't let the door hit you on the @ss on the way out.

Your "knowledge" of the constitution is zero. You just parrot the b.s. spewed by Glenn Beck and the other right wing fruit loops on Faux News. I suppose your paradigm of constitutional strict constructionism is the Dredd Scott decision. (You can look it up).

What I love about your crowd is your pride in your transparent stupidity.

By the way, sonny, the Arizona law will be enjoined as unconstitutional before it ever goes into effect. You can take that to the bank -- if there are any banks left.
11:50 April 29, 2010 by USNavy Vet
I just don't get the attitude toward Bush. Have any of you had the responsilbility of being the President? Probably not. I understand freedom of speech and everyone has an opinion, but if you attack the president, you MUST attack all the cabinet members and EVERY representative in the chambers. They all have responsibility for the GOOD and BAD things that happen in the country. What's funny is some of you are poking fun and/or wishing ill upon a family who tried to deal with things as best they could, and can. An example of something that split the country was the debate on illegals. I don't have a problem with ANY foreigners who land in this country so long as they are not a burden on "The System". We spend so much money on the illegals it is taking away from other things. So are the wars. It would have been nice if the diplomatic measures would have succeeded, but they didn't and here we are. So, next time you try to put yourself in the shoes of the President, any President, don't. You have no idea of the information he recieved or the responsibility of the office. For example, if your kid is getting beaten upon by a group of kids every day, would yould spend three weeks gathering information on who is doing it before you take action? I don't think so. You would act upon the sketchy information you received from ONE source...your kid. So, what is the President supposed to do when he trusts the source of his information and the advice of his cabinet? Keep that in mind for him and all administrations.
12:01 April 29, 2010 by OkieinBerlin
Hey wxman, Okieinberlin here again -- I never said anything about my personal politics, let alone socialism, except that I have a profound belief in the democratic system. I get the feeling from your comments, however, that you suffer from a bit of a persecution complex ("we have no where else to go..."). I suggest that you relax a bit. I made no claims about changing the basic structure of the American nation -- I only call for you and your fellow travellers to respect the democratic process, even when it doesn't go your way. Anything else, including your lame threats, is profoundly unAmerican. But perhaps that's your goal -- do away with America's democratic traditions and replace it with some sort of American facist regime. Can you explain? And please, please don't refer to the nation's Founders -- I have good reason to believe that your arguments would make them puke.
12:07 April 29, 2010 by Hebbellover
@ wxman you are right, I never have nor will I ever drink the Kool-aid. I do find it rather ironic how socialists say it is conservatives and the right who are prone to violence. Yeah, I guess they never studied history....now if we could only try socialism/Marxism one more time, I think it will work this time....oh yeah!
12:39 April 29, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Navy Vet --

Apparently Bush did rely on the advice of his cabinet before he decided to lie to the American public in order to justify an illegal war against Iraq, and subsequently to authorize a regime of torture that was an ongoing crime against humanity. I make this assumption because Bush was demonstrably incapable of making such decisions on his own, as he is an idiot. This assumption has also been borne out by the historical record that came to light both during and after his administration, including the self-congratulatory statements of Cheney, the man who was really in charge during those eight years of political darkness in America. Then there's Rumsfeld, Rice and the other neo-cons who were making such wise policy decisions that catapulted the U.S. into a morass that it will never extricate itself from in my or your lifetiime. Then of course there's the financial meltdown that Bush and his advisors created by militant anti-regulation of the financial and banking industry, bringing the global markets to the edge of doom and leading to the bailout of Goldman Sachs et al. while tens of millions of Americans lost their jobs, homes and their hope.

Bush trebeled the budget deficit with profligate spending and cooked the books by failing to pay for the obscene wars that he manufactured, leaving generations to come to pay for it all and Obama to take the blame for Bush's monumental failures. And I won't even start on the subject of Bush's inept and deplorable response to Katrina.

If Bush wasn't equipped to do the job of president, which he clearly wasn't, he never should have run. But run he did, and even managed to steal the election. Now we all have to suffer as a result of his arrogant incompetence.

Bush's cabinet and advisors may have been more villainous than the dimwit from Crawford, but as Harry Truman said, "the buck stops here." Bush has to take the blame because he chose those people to advise him.
13:47 April 29, 2010 by OkieinBerlin
Hey Hebellover, wxman is right about what? Threatening to shoot those fellow Americans whose political beliefs differ from his own? What is wrong with you guys? Perhaps it is time for you find new hobbies, you know, back off politics for a while...
17:17 April 29, 2010 by Hebbellover
I must admit, for a bunch of CDNs, so called Germans, and others that frequent this site I find it ironic to read about the violence you condone against another human being. Is it only okay when it is someone you don't agree with? Me thinks you are some of the most disingenious and hateful socilist loving people on the planet.
17:48 April 29, 2010 by Christine1
wmm208 Check the NY Times article (or her book, if you want to throw some money away): she was the driver of the car, and ran a stop sign that killed a fellow HS student. Again......how did she NOT get jail time???
19:33 April 29, 2010 by OkieinBerlin
Hebbellover, nobody in this exchange has advocated violence but you. Nobody's threatening you. I suspect that you have a tendency toward paranoia, but I don't know you well enough to say... I can see, however, that you can't spell very well, and your comments as written make you look like a moron. You should do something about that.
20:40 April 29, 2010 by DublinMick

You are not supposed to understand about Bush. Why not let the Vets explain it to you.

22:59 April 29, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Hebbellover sent me an abusive private email through TT indicating that he lives in Michigan, USA, and strongly suggesting that he is a neo-Nazi.

I will not acknowledge him or anyone like him on this forum in the future.
09:20 April 30, 2010 by Talonx
@ Prufrock2010

Yes, please god let's make a concerted effort to ignore wmm,wxmn, hebbellover, and those like them. Most of the posts on the Local end up being inane arguments with these dupes, i.e. a waste of time.
09:48 April 30, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Talonx --

Precisely. They add nothing to the discourse on any subject. They're just bomb throwers. They are on my "ignore" list, as no one seems to be moderating these threads.
12:16 April 30, 2010 by Hebbellover
@Prufrock2010 why don't you post what I sent? Being embarrased that I lve in the same state you claim to be from and saying you probably drive a Japanese car....abusive? Yeah, right, but is okay for your ilk to jump for joy about bush or anyone else who doesn't agree with you, well how typically leftist/marist/socialist of you. and by the way, Ich bin kein Nazi! National Socialism, Marxist Socialism, Democratic socialism, they are all the same in my book. Hope you like that Japanese Car!
15:56 April 30, 2010 by Prufrock2010
When someone concludes a vitriolic email to me with the phrase "Sieg Heil!" I conclude that said deranged person is a Nazi. That particular odious phrase was only used by the Nazis in conjunction with the Nazi salute. It is now only used by neo-Nazis, skinheads and certain American militia groups who are sympathetic to Nazis. If the punk who sent me the email stating "Sieg Heil" were to state that publicly in Germany he would be subject to criminal prosecution. But since he's hiding in the U.S. while posting on a German website under the anonymity of the internet, he obviously feels emboldened to spout his Nazi bulls*it with impunity. Too bad he's not here to say it to my face.
16:36 April 30, 2010 by ErnestPayne
The sight or sound of those dimwits is enough to induce anything from mild nausea to extreme vomiting. Unfortunately they are likely to appear regularly for decades.
22:05 April 30, 2010 by wxman
Prufrock20190 is an interesting case, indeed.
22:54 April 30, 2010 by Prufrock2010
wxman --

Too bad you're not here to say it to my face. But you're not worth the jail time.
10:32 May 1, 2010 by Prufrock2010
They ARE fiction writers. Or at least their well-paid ghost writers are fiction writers. Bush has been foisting his fiction off on the American people ever since he was the governor of Texas, but there was no greater fiction than his excuse for starting a war with Iraq.
15:45 May 1, 2010 by fair1day
Obama, the biggest dimwit of them all. All you have to do is look at his track record. No matter the opinion.

And poison is used rampantly by the bad guys.
17:08 May 1, 2010 by Prufrock2010
"Obama, the biggest dimwit of them all."

Not as long as Bush is alive.
13:35 May 2, 2010 by deberae
Maine USA had a visit from Obama the rest of the USA should see how well our Rep. behaved, Im a proud Mainer . We respect our right to have different opions. We dont slam each other we help each other We respect each other We show respect for or President even if we dont like him. I was afraid when Bush got elected and reelectedI couldnt beleave it and now i see how southern Rep are behaving and Im shamed for how the world see us and what was in power before, thought we had grown better than that. I have hope with our new President he is good will not a bully but proof will be in the pudding (dont you posion it give him a chace) thank you and good will to you all
10:20 May 5, 2010 by beema
I miss GWB jr too. a Great and good man in a world of evil. As for his successor, he is phoney through and through.
15:12 May 5, 2010 by Beachrider
I was not a fan of Bush43 (at all). The massive economic collapse of 2008 happened on his watch, under his minimal-governmental methodology.

Now, folks that backed away from him after they elected him are calling the current president marxist. Since the definition of Marxism needs to be stretched beyond reasonableness to fit him, these people are being unreasonable.

There are folks that set the thermostat 20 degrees too high in order to make it warmer faster. They then assume that we will let them set it back correctly when it overshoots the desired result. It is schadenfreude, at best. At worst it is McCarthyism (and everyone agrees that McCarthyism REALLY happened).
11:46 May 6, 2010 by Prufrock2010
The imbeciles who support Bush on this thread never heard of McCarthyism, and if they did they would accuse McCarthy of being a socialist. In their warped little "minds" Barry Goldwater would be considered a Marxist. They're just parroting the Glenn Beck insanity.
20:27 May 6, 2010 by nikalseyn
I think we should immediately send Obanana to Heiligendamm for a nice long stay.
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