HEILIGENDAMM, Germany – President George W. Bush came down with a stomach ailment Friday at the Group of Eight summit in Germany and was resting in his room.
"I'm not sure if it's a stomach virus yet or something like that," Dan Bartlett, counselor to the president, told reporters. "He's just not feeling well in his stomach."
Although ill, the president did meet for an hour with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, but the meeting took place in Bush's private room.
"President Bush was slightly unwell this morning and will return to work as soon as he can," Sarkozy told reporters.
Bush's doctor, Dr. Richard Tubb, is monitoring the president's health, Bartlett said. He said Bush hoped to rejoin the other leaders at the summit.
Bartlett joked that Bush was staying in his room because he did not want to follow in the footsteps of his father, former President George H.W. Bush.
Bush's father became ill and collapsed in the international spotlight in January 1992 during a summit in Tokyo. The president called his fainting, which was captured on film and run repeatedly on television, "a little tiny bout of the flu" adding, "That's all there is to it."
Bush and Sarkozy met privately for the first time since Sarkozy's election less than a month ago.
"The president felt that they established a real personal rapport," Bartlett said, adding that they discussed a myriad of issues, including Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Darfur, trade and missile defense.