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Family members of psychiatric patients who died earlier this year hold an ‘Esidimeni 37’ prayer vigil outside Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu’s offices yesterday. The 37 patients died after being transferred from Life Esidimeni into the care of NGOs. Findings of the investigation into the tragedy would be released next month, health ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba said. Picture Creditc: Antonio Muchave. ©Sowetan
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Putin to Bush: My dog is bigger than yours

By Reuters | 2010-11-04 10:21:14.0

"You're lucky he only showed you his dog"

Russian leader Vladimir Putin once boasted to then-President George W. Bush about the size of his dog, in the ultimate of "mine-is-bigger-than-yours" stories.

Former President Bush writes about the episode in his memoir, "Decision Points," which hits book stores next Tuesday.

Bush says he had introduced then-Russian President Putin to his Scottish terrier, Barney, on a visit to the U.S. presidential retreat, Camp David.

Putin returned the favour when Bush visited Russia and Putin was giving him a tour of the grounds of his dacha.

"A big black Labrador came charging across the lawn. With a twinkle in his eye, Vladimir said, 'Bigger, stronger, faster than Barney,'" Bush writes.

Bush says he later told the story to the Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, who replied: "You're lucky he only showed you his dog."

Bush, when he began his presidency in 2001, famously looked into Putin's eyes and said he saw his soul. "In the years ahead, Putin would give me reasons to revise my opinion," he writes.

Bush says the low point in his relationship with Putin came in August 2008 when Russia invaded neighboring Georgia. Bush complained to Putin directly at the Olympic opening ceremonies and noted to him that Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili is "hot-blooded".

"I'm hot-blooded too," Putin retorted, according to Bush.

"No, Vladimir, you're cold-blooded," Bush said he replied.

 

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