Bush Meets with 'Friendly Faces' in Last Europe Trip President Bush is meeting with European leaders Tuesday in Slovenia for the annual U.S.-European summit. It's the first stop on the last scheduled European trip of his presidency. The weeklong tour will take him to Britain, Germany, Italy and France. NPR White House correspondent Don Gonyea says he's meeting mostly with his longtime allies.
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Bush Meets with 'Friendly Faces' in Last Europe Trip

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Bush Meets with 'Friendly Faces' in Last Europe Trip

Bush Meets with 'Friendly Faces' in Last Europe Trip

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

President Bush has begun a weeklong tour of Europe that's taking him to the continent's big four nations: Germany, Italy, France and Britain. He started his farewell tour in Slovenia. He's there today, where he's attending the annual U.S.-European Summit.

NPR's White House correspondent Don Gonyea is traveling with the president and joins us to talk about that. And, Don, does there seem to be any nostalgia as the president, you know, he's got seven months before he leaves office, as the president makes the final go-round of these European capitals?

DON GONYEA: Yeah, I don't know that nostalgia is really what we're seeing here - you know, perhaps just the tiniest tinge of it. At a photo op this morning with the Slovenian president, President Bush noted that on his very first trip to Europe back in 2001, he came to Slovenia. And now on his last trip to Europe, he's here again. And as he said that his voice trailed off as he said it. Maybe there was some nostalgia there, or he might have just been drowned out by all the clicking of the cameras. It's hard to say.

I don't know if this counts as nostalgia, but the meeting this morning is taking place at Brdo Castle. It's this 500-year-old castle just outside Ljubljana. And it is the exact same place that he first met Vladimir Putin, then Russian president, back in 2001, and it's the place where he said he'd looked into Putin's eyes and gotten a sense of his soul.