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Baltic Sea hotel blasts Bush's 'poison' theory

AFP · 29 Apr 2010, 17:14

Published: 29 Apr 2010 17:14 GMT+02:00

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"We see absolutely no evidence to support (these allegations) at all," said Christian Plöger, a spokesman for the Fundus Group that owns the Grand Hotel Heiligendamm, where the Bushes stayed for the summit. "The food was checked by security staff."

"I suspect that this may be just to try and sell more copies of the book," he told news agency AFP.

In her upcoming autobiography "Spoken from the Heart," a copy of which was obtained by the New York Times, Laura Bush writes that she, her husband and staff members may have been poisoned when they fell ill during their stay.

The president was even bedridden for part of the trip, and while the Secret Service investigated the possibility they were poisoned, doctors could only conclude they all contracted a virus, the paper cites Laura Bush as writing.

After noting several high-profile poisonings, she wrote, "we never learned if any other delegations became ill, or if ours, mysteriously, was the only one."

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Germany's federal police force declined to comment.

The book, due for release in May, also deals with a fatal November 1963 car accident when she was 17 in Texas and at the wheel of a car that hit another, killing the driver, a fellow student, the New York Times said.

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18:09 April 29, 2010 by wmm208
Sounds like a cleanliness issue. Where is the German version of the Dept of Health to inspect the germs? dirty, dirty, dirty..
18:31 April 29, 2010 by Christine1
(check the NY Times article, she WAS the driver of the car, and killed a fellow student, and didn't get jail time...how did THAT happen?). Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
21:11 April 29, 2010 by LancashireLad
Christine1. You raise an interesting question, but in 1963 when she was only 17 was she already connected with the Bush family, and were they already powerful enough in politics to be able to pull off a Chappaquiddick?
22:28 April 29, 2010 by anaverageguy
Oh good grief. Give the woman a break. She, her husband, and several members of their staff became very ill with no explanation while on a trip outside the country. Can you say Viktor Yushchenko? These sorts of things are not unheard of. She speculates that they may have been poisoned and immediately she's attacked. What's up with that?
22:42 April 29, 2010 by Prufrock2010
What's up with that??!! Speculation. To sell a book. Ghostwritten by somebody nobody gives a sh*t about. To make $$$$$. Lots of $$$$$.
22:50 April 29, 2010 by wmm208
Well, if anyone has every tried German cuisine, its not hard to mistake it for the taste for poison as well as the after effects... blah.
23:20 April 29, 2010 by Christine1
In May 2000, a two-page police report detailing the fatal crash was made public. The report revealed that on November 6, 1963, Welch was driving her Chevrolet Impala sedan with one passenger (Judy Dykes, also 17). It was a clear Wednesday night, shortly after 8 p.m., when Welch entered the intersection of State Highway 349 and Farm to Market Road 868 (now Loop 250) (at 32°02′37″N 102°05′07″W / 32.04362300°N 102.08530400°W / 32.04362300; -102.08530400).[2] Welch failed to observe the intersection's stop sign and collided into Douglas' Chevrolet Corvair sedan. Welch and Dykes sustained minor injuries; Douglas was pronounced dead on arrival at Midland Memorial Hospital. Welch was not charged with any offense.cited from wikipedia under "Michael Duttan Douglas", which site, ironically, is being considered for deletion. No, Barbara wasn't connected with the Bush oil empire then, but her father was an influential real estate developer.
00:04 April 30, 2010 by Prufrock2010
She should have had her driver's license revoked. Her eventual marriage license, as well. But she had a good ride with the doofus.
00:42 April 30, 2010 by wmm208
Christine1 - You might want to edit before your submit. Looks so sloppy. yuck. Schade...
01:12 April 30, 2010 by wxman
Yeah, she should have been sentenced to life in prison like Ted Kennedy was! Oh, wait...
07:05 April 30, 2010 by Bushdiver
OK people. Cut Laura a bit of slack. She's been living with this moron too long.
09:16 April 30, 2010 by anaverageguy
The subject was the speculated poisoning of the President of the United States, his family and staff. Do you have to go back 45 years to try and discredit the author. Jeez.
09:54 April 30, 2010 by Prufrock2010
When the author tries to sell a book by sensationalizing the catching of a common virus by suggesting it was an assassination attempt, she has discredited herself.
22:02 April 30, 2010 by wxman
Those damn Bushs! Always blaming someone else for these difficulties! Make them go away.
23:01 April 30, 2010 by Prufrock2010
We wish they WOULD go away. First they destroyed the country, now they want to profit from it. I think Guantanamo would be a good retirement spot for them.
02:40 May 3, 2010 by wmm208
German food does taste somewhat like rat poison...
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