Paraguay is tizzy with rumors about Bush’s alleged 100,000-acre hideaway

Any sane person wouldn’t want to go through this, and to come to think of it, you probably bought your get-away in far-flung Paraguay just to escape the heat of the attention the President generates. If the rumors are to be believed then Mr. Bush has bought a 100,000-acre (40,500 hectares) ranch in northern Paraguay. The rumors began with the state-run Cuban news agency Prensa Latina. Tongues have been wagging about what President Bush’s supposed interest in the “Chaco”, semi-arid lowland in Paraguay’s north, might be. One rumor suggests that he might be trying to take control of the Guarani Aquifer, one of the largest underground water reserves, from the Paraguayans.

Mr. Bush’s supposed jaunts into South American real estate surfaced during a recent 10-day visit to the country by his daughter Jenna Bush. Officially she traveled with the UN children’s agency Unicef to visit social projects. Some reports even suggested she was sent on a family “mission” to tie up the land purchase in the “Chaco”.
Erasmo Rodríguez Acosta, the governor of the Alto Paraguay region where Mr. Bush’s alleged purchase lies, told one Paraguayan news agency there were indications that Mr. Bush had bought land in Paso de Patria, near the border with Brazil and Bolivia. He was, unable to confirm it.