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Laura Bush Memoirs - Poisoned

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Laura Bush has a book coming out and excerpts from the book revealed that she and the Dubya may have been poisoned during a 2007 G8 Summit to Germany. Not just the couple, but nearly a dozen members of the delegation stricken. Food poisoning, maybe??? Her book is due to be released on May 4th.

The former first lady Laura Bush has opened a diplomatic can of worms by writing in her new book that she and her husband may have been poisoned during a state visit to a G8 summit in Germany in 2007.

The passage of Spoken From the Heart in which she discusses the incident amounts to the first time that the idea has been floated that George Bush's illness at the summit may have been the result of poisoning. The then US president succumbed to a stomach complaint, as did his wife and several members of their entourage, during a three-day meeting of world leaders in Heiligendamm.

The book is to be published early next month but a sneak preview of it was gained by the New York Times.

On Thursday 7 June 2008 the Bushes attended an official dinner at the summit along with other leaders of the industrialised countries that form the G8. The meeting at the Baltic Sea resort focused on the fight against Aids, malaria and other diseases affecting poor countries around the world.

The following morning the US president was reported sick and had to skip a couple of working sessions. Bush's adviser Dan Bartlett told reporters at the time that he was "very much under the weather", though his condition was "not serious".

"I'm not sure if it's a stomach virus yet or something like that, but he's just not feeling well in the stomach."

Nicolas Sarkozy, the newly elected president of France, said at the time that "Bush is slightly indisposed this morning and will rejoin the working meeting as soon as he can."

The US leader recovered sufficiently to be able to keep his appointment with Sarkozy, their first one-to-one meeting, later that day.

According to the New York Times, Laura Bush says that when the American delegation fell sick, the US secret service was called in to investigate but doctors put it down to a virus. "We never learned if any other delegations became ill, or if ours, mysteriously, was the only one," she writes.

There is no readily available record of what was served to the Bushes that Thursday night or who had access to the food. It is normal for the US secret service as a precaution against poisoning to prepare all meals for presidents travelling abroad, which adds to the mystery surrounding this visit.  Link

As much as I detest the former Commander in Chief, this "poisioning" of a sitting US President is completely appalling, ghastly and criminal. I trust our Secret Service did a thorough job in investigating this possible crime. But since no front page news about such "poisoning" back in 2007, I surmise it may have been just plain-ole Salmonella or Staphylococcus poisoning. Germany may need to educate their country's food handlers and teach them about post-contact contamination of foods.

I may despise George W, but any attempt to assassinate a sitting President is a call for war.

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Well, I found an article that dispelled the "poisoning" event - more like a viral illness. Link

Hmmmm - biological warfare????

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