Bush Mobbed in Albania!… Pro-US Nation Celebrates Historic Visit

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This Pro-American Muslim country was fired up for the historic visit by President Bush.
They mobbed the president in the village of Fushe Kruje.

U.S. President George Bush greets crowds of Albanians in Fushe Kruje, Albania, Sunday, June 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

“God’s Messenger” touched down in Tirana today!

Some residents of the small Balkan nation even described the US leader as God’s messenger. (BBC)

The Albanians even renamed a street after President George W. Bush for the occasion.

Albanians cheer as U.S. President George W. Bush arrives at central Tirana June 10, 2007. Bush on Sunday visits Albania which hopes to receive reassuring words on backing for its NATO membership bid and the future independence of breakaway Kosovo. The capital Tirana was festooned with U.S. flags, welcome banners and huge posters of a smiling Bush. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)


U.S. President George Bush talks to a women holding an American flag during a stop in Fushe Kruje, Albania, Sunday, June 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

WOW! Bush mob!

U.S. President George Bush greets crowds of Albanians in Fushe Kruje, Albania, Sunday, June 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


U.S. President George W. Bush is embraced by Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha during a press conference on Sunday, June 10, 2007 in Tirana, Albania. (AP)

President Bush received a hero’s welcome in Tirana, Albania today as he became the first US President to visit the staunch US ally and majoority Muslim country.
CBS News reported:

When Mr. Bush arrived on his brief stop in Tirana, the hills overlooking the capital boomed as military cannons fired a 21-gun salute to the president. Thousands of people gathered in the downtown square on a brilliantly sunny day to see the president and first lady Laura Bush.

Huge banners proclaimed “Proud to be Partners,” and billboards read “President Bush in Albania Making History.” Red-white-and-blue paper top hats with stars on top were passed out to well-wishers in this Balkan nation.

A herald trumpeter sounded a salute as Mr. Bush arrived at Albania’s Palace of Brigades for an official welcome, playing “The Star Spangled Banner,” reports CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller. Mr. Bush was presented with an Albanian award – the Order of the National Flag – hailing him as a great ally of the Albanian people.

Bush met with Albanian soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan during his visit.

Albanians cheer as U.S. President George W. Bush arrives at central Tirana June 10, 2007. (Reuters)

Prime Minister Berisha gave President Bush a very warm welcome as he arrived today in the Capital Tirana.
The White House reported:

PRIME MINISTER BERISHA: (As translated.) Today is a beautiful day. Today is a great day, historic for all Albanians. Among us is the greatest and most distinguished guest we have ever had in all times, the President of the United States of America, the leading country of the free world, George W. Bush.; his lady, Mrs. Laura Bush, and their close aides. For me, it’s a great honor, and a special pleasure to thank them with gratitude and extend the most heartfelt welcome, in this historic visit, the first visit ever of a United States President in Albania.

Thank you heartily, Mr. President, from the bottom of our hearts, fulfilling ardent and long-awaited wish of all Albanians to have a special guest in their home. Tungjatjeta — an Albanian word, means “may you have a long life.” This is a most traditional greeting of Albanians that I chose to greet you on their behalf, on behalf of Albanians. Welcome to Albania, President Bush.

We have been blessed, however. We have won in all our efforts to defend our identity in Western oriented national vocation to emerge from the age of oppression to the age of dignity, from the age of darkness to the age of freedom. We have won because our just cause has always had the powerful support of the U.S.A., the greatest and the most precious friend of Albanian nation. God bless your great nation.


Albanian women wave U.S. and Albanian flags as U.S. President George W. Bush arrives at central Tirana June 10, 2007. (Reuters)


U.S. President George Bush hugs a child who presented him with flowers with first lady Laura Bush as they arrive at Tirana Rinas Airport in Tirana, Albania Sunday, June 10, 2007. Bush, leaving behind thousands of anti-Bush protesters in Rome, got a hero’s welcome in Albania on Sunday as he became the first American president to visit this tiny impoverished nation. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


US President George W. Bush waves upon his arrival at Tirana International Airport Nn Tereza in Tirana, Albania, Sunday June 10 2007. Bush is the first US president to visit the small Balkan country which is seen in Albania as a sign of support for their hopes to join NATO and for the resolution of the status of Kosovo. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)


A street sign with the name of U.S. President George W. Bush is seen in downtown Tirana June 9, 2007. The street has been named after him on the occasion of his visit to the Balkan nation. Albania has spent millions preparing for George W. Bush, even though he will be in the country, one of Europe’s poorest, for just seven hours. Albanians have cleaned the streets, stocked up on thousands of United States flags and even retiled bathrooms for the U.S. president, the most important man ever to visit the long-isolated Balkan state. (Arben Celi/Reuters)

Previously:
Pro-US Muslim Country Fired Up For Bush Visit

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