Bush and Putin: A Fishy Story

By Michael Wargo

Jul 2, 2007 3:23pm

ABC News’ Stephanie Smith Reports: Forget missile defense, Kosovo, democracy and Iran. The one and only agreement that came out of this summit is that Russian President Vladimir Putin was the victor…in fishing, that is. Putin along with Bush 43, 41, and prized local fisherman Billy Bush — no relation to the Bush family — went fishing in the choppy waters of the Atlantic just off Walker’s Point this morning. Putin scored big — catching a striped bass and posing proudly for the White House photographer in an adjacent boat. "I’d like to congratulate President Putin for being the only person that caught a fish today," Bush later joked at the top of an informal press conference the two leaders held on dry land. Putin made sure to let everyone know: "Mind you, the fish that we’ve caught, we let it free," which is a Bush family tradition here in Kennebunkport as spokesman Tony Snow noted, "any fish that get caught are quickly and humanely liberated." Standing nearby with the large scrum of reporters, Bush Senior, who told them that the fish Putin caught was 30 inches long. Once the White House photo was released, reporters began to question that assessment. We asked a White House official if he could clear up the discrepancy. He laughed and said "the fish is only going to get bigger." Well, you be the judge.  Seems like a fish tale to me.

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