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.