... I do not think it means what he thinks it means. Responding to a question= about massive protests in London, Bush replied: “I’d say freedom is beautiful. It’s a fantastic thing to come to a country where people are able to express their views.”
As opposed to, ah, this one? Does he not realize how absurd it sounds when that comes out of his mouth?
The advance team takes care of the First Lady, too:
Asked about the protests during the visit, Mrs. Bush said she hadn’t really seen any. “We’ve seen plenty of American flags, we’ve seen plenty of people who were waving to us,” she said. “Many, many more people in fact than we’ve seen protestors.”
That’s understandable. There were only a hundred thousand or so, and they weren’t on the motorcade route, anyway.