Here are some quotes taken randomly from the transcripts of a June 18, 2001 meeting between Bush and Putin. The first two make me laugh because, well, you'll see. The rest I put together just for fun. I found all these at CNN.com
Putin - "In this regard, as they say in cases like this, reality was a lot bigger than expectations, because this was not only a confidential discussion, but extremely and all the way to more than what you could expect from frankness, because President Bush, as a person who has studied history, proposed a very global, wide-scale approach and view to history."
Bush - "The president is a history major, and so am I. And we remember the old history. It's time to write new history in a positive and constructive way."
History major? Bush? Who knew?
These are random and totally out of context, but they worked for me. What's going on here?
Bush - "These will be fruitful discussions, and I believe what people will see is a joint strategy."
Putin - "In this regard, as they say in cases like this, reality was a lot bigger than expectations...."
Putin - "Yes, I'm going to lay it out for you."
Putin - "Look, here it is."
Bush - "It's much bigger than that."
Bush - " Everybody is trying to read body language."
Bush - "And I believe that the people who watch carefully our relationship will see that it grows and emerges."
Bush - " And from that basis, we can begin a very fruitful relationship."
Now we move forward to this week.
When asked if he would invite Chirac to his ranch, bush responded, "I need a good cowboy."
I guess it didn't work out these past four years between he and Putin. Now he wants to try a French cowboy.