Bush pollution gaffe surprises G-8 leaders
RUSUTSU, Japan — President Bush has been known for unguarded comments at previous meetings of world leaders, but British newspapers reported Thursday that he surprised a number of them with a joke about environmental policy as he left the G-8 summit in Japan.
Bush, who has been criticized for being reluctant to join international efforts to combat global warming, reportedly ended a private meeting with the words: “Goodbye from the world’s biggest polluter.”
The Web sites of the British newspapers The Independent and the Telegraph both reported that he then punched the air while grinning.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy appeared shocked at the comment Bush made