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Bush’s Good Friend:

With the May 5 elections in Great Britain days away, polls show a late surge for the Conservative opposition under Thatcherite Michael Howard. In Prime Minister Tony Blair’s most recent joint appearance with President Bush, the President blew kisses to his liberal British counterpart (who stood by the U.S. in the Iraq War), saying he was “a lucky President to be holding office at the same time this man holds the prime ministership.” Asked by HUMAN EVENTS’ John Gizzi if that constituted a Bush endorsement for Blair, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said the elections “are a matter for the British citizens,” but that Bush considers Blair “a very good friend of this country.”

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