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Bush slept in White House copy

THE American President George Bush surprised everyone by staying the night in Bratislava at the residence of the American ambassador and not at the Carlton Hotel in the city centre, the daily SME reported.

The American ambassador's residence near Bratislava castle is almost a perfect copy of the White House. Hundreds of police officers guarded the house the whole night.

After the welcoming ceremony at MR Štefánik airport President Bush and his wife were whisked away at 20:00 in a 50-car convoy travelling at times at a reported 120 kilometres per hour.

President Bush travelled in his armour-plated Cadillac limousine.

The convoy crossed the Prístavný most (bridge), continued through the Bratislava part of Petržalka and then crossed the river Danube back over the Nový most (New Bridge) to head to the replica White House.

The police sealed off the entire route. They also closed off the route to the Carlton Hotel in the city centre where Bush was thought to be heading for and where most journalists were waiting for him.

Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports

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