Zamfir Serenades Bush Entourage in Romania

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NPR's Susan Stamberg takes a moment to note that Zamfir, master of the pan flute, played for the press traveling with President Bush this week in Romania.


It can be pretty grueling for reporters covering a whirlwind overseas presidential trip - different hotel room every night, tight filing deadlines, lots of airplane food. And so it was perhaps to relieve some of the stress of journalists traveling in Europe with President Bush this week, that the master of the pan flute, Zamfir, treated them to a special 30-minute concert during a stopover in his native Romania.

A master of the late-night infomercial back in the U.S., and one of Romania's most famous citizens, Mr. Zamfir and his band gently rocked the White House press filing center in Bucharest yesterday.

CBS correspondent Bill Plante, who has been on many a White House trip, told the Associated Press, I can safely say that we have never seen anything like this before. Whether all the soft music inspired any of those hard-bitten hacks to kick off their loafers and stroll barefoot on the Romanian hillsides is anybody's guess.

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