Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Bush Urges Mubarak To Hold Fair Elections

Responding to election-related violence in Egypt, President Bush had a talk with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak today and explained the importance of having fair and honest elections.

"People ought to be allowed to vote without being intimidated, people ought to be allowed to be on TV, and if the government owns the TV, they need to allow the opposition on TV, people ought to be allowed to carry signs and express their pleasure or displeasure,” said Bush.

“People ought to have every vote count," he said.

Pausing to regain his composure after the Diet Coke he was drinking spurted through his nose as he stifled a laugh, Mubarak thanked Bush for his advice.

“I'm a firm believer in fair elections, where every vote is counted and nobody is disenfranchised,” said the Egyptian President. “You should try it yourself sometime, Georgie!”

OK, I'm making that up – Mubarak didn't actually say that.

I just wish that he had.