carmen.jpg Bush: Clap Me or No EU Speech: George Bush pulled out of a speech to the European Parliament when MEPs wouldn’t guarantee a standing ovation. Senior White House officials said the President would only go to Strasbourg to talk about Iraq if he had a stage-managed welcome.

A source close to negotiations said last night: “President Bush agreed to a speech but insisted he get a standing ovation. His people also insisted [that] there [be] no protests, or heckling.”

Mr Bush’s every appearance in the US is stage-managed, with audiences full of supporters.