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Video: Bush’s watch nabbed? Whitehouse says no, video says yes….then says no again…

In Albania, American News, Bush, Bush watch stolen, bush watch taken, bush watch video, Bush Whitehouse, cafe, Crazy news, europe, Humour, Miss Albania, TV, United States, USA, World News on June 14, 2007 at 2:16 am


George W Bush received a hero’s welcome in Albania at the weekend, with hundreds of locals draped in the Stars and Stripes reaching out to hug him and shake his hand.

Mr Bush had taken his jacket off on a hot day and was in a short sleeved shirt, the watch clearly visible. It can still be seen as the heaving crowd presses round him – but the next moment it is no longer there.

Mr Bush was visiting Fushe Kruja, a small farming village some 30km from the capital Tirana whose businesses are financed by US grants. He had a cup of the cofffee in the local cafe and then in an impromptu move reached out to greet the crowd. He posed for photos and signed autographs while admirers shouting “Bushie, Bushie” mobbed him and even ruffled his hair.

“There were hands everywhere” said Corriere della Sera. “Most people just wanted to touch him and shake his hand. Someone however had another motive”. It said the incident “sounds like a joke – the one about the Albanian crowd and the Presidential wristwatch”.

Reports from Europe said that ‘Mr Bush only noticed his watch was missing when he got back to his armour-plated people-mover to be whisked back to Tirana airport’. By the time he stood on the aircraft steps to wave goodbye ‘someone on his staff had given him a replacement watch’. He is said to wear a $50 Timex with the Stars and Stripes on the dial.

Despite the apparent video evidence, it appears the Whitehouse is denying the watch nabbing, Tony Snow, Whitehouse press secretary says that “the president put it (the watch) in his pocket and it returned safely home.”

Ofcourse the most heavily protected man on the planet couldn’t possibly have his watch snatched in broad daylight, in front of all those highly trained secret service guys right?

Well, it sure wouldn’t be the first time we’ve heard lies from the Whitehouse…

Unless this is all just some elaborate hoax, or did Bush take the watch off himself?

You be the judge, have a look at this video from Albanian TV going gangbusters on youtube at the moment.

It looks like it disappears around 3:12-3:09 second mark, what do you think? 

International theft? or a load of bullshit?

Yes, very interesting indeed folks.

Yeah I thought I would throw Miss Albania in there just for the hell of it…

New video update:

NBC news America has aired new video which seems to show President Bush taking off the watch himself.

Mystery solved??????????????????????????????????????????????

The Visit

Albania apparently spent millions on the Bush visit, even though he was in the tiny Balkan nation for about 8 hours. Giant posters of a smiling Bush draped main buildings, along with thousands of flags, they even named a street after him.

Albanian love for the U.S. stems from 1999, when then-President Bill Clinton pushed for intervention in Kosovo, the Serbian breakaway province with an ethnic Albanian majority.

The U.S. is now the strongest backer of a U.N. plan that could make the province independent this year. Grateful for the help, the Albanians pride themselves of being fervently pro-U.S., and have sent troops to Iraq and Afghanistan.