Bush reads Camus's 'The Stranger' on ranch vacation
Aug 11 7:14 PM US/Eastern
US President George W. Bush quoted French existential
writer Albert Camus to European leaders a year and a
half ago, and now he's read one of his most famous
works: "The Stranger."
White House spokesman Tony Snow said Friday that Bush,
here on his Texas ranch enjoying a 10-day vacation
from Washington, had made quick work of the
Algerian-born writer's 1946 novel -- in English.
The US president, often spoofed as an intellectual
lightweight, quoted Camus in a February 21, 2005
speech in Brussels praising the US-Europe alliance and
urging other nations to help Washington spread
democracy in the world.
"We know there are many obstacles, and we know the
road is long. Albert Camus said that 'freedom is a
long-distance race.' We're in that race for the
duration," Bush said in those remarks.