All the world an Olympic venue for sportsman Bush
"Take a Good look at Misty May !":D
BEIJING (AP) - Most days, being the U.S. president means trying to extinguish one crisis after another.
(AP) President Bush poses for a photo with Misty May Treanor, left, Kerri Walsh and trainer Ernest...
Then there are days like Saturday.
Mountain biking on the Olympic course. Getting in a couple of hits with the women's beach volleyball team. Chuckling after being the target of a softball player's practical joke. Picking events and knowing he could get in, with a police escort ensuring traffic is no problem.
President Bush, a longtime sports fan, immersed himself into the Olympic spirit with abandon, acting like a kid - even when his body was reminding him that he's 62.
Yet there were reminders that the world's troubles follow wherever Bush goes.
He received regular updates after Russia sent columns of tanks and reportedly bombed Georgian air bases Friday. That came after Georgia launched a military offensive to retake the breakaway province of South Ossetia. The fast-changing hostilities threaten to ignite a broader conflict in the region.
"I'm deeply concerned about the situation in Georgia," Bush told reporters. He said he worried about "a dangerous escalation in the crisis" because attacks have spread beyond the main conflict zone. "We have urged an immediate halt to the violence and a stand-down by all troops," he said.
White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said Bush had spoken with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and "reiterated the United States position to both leaders."