From this article in the Times of India.
Bush ‘stole’ the presidential election: Cherie
PTI[ SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2004 08:20:21 PM ]
LONDON : In a forthright view that is likely to embarrass her husband, Cherie Blair, wife of Prime Minister Tony Blair, is reported to have observed that George W Bush “stole” the US presidential election from Al Gore.
“Cherie Blair still believed that Bush had stolen the White House from Gore,” author Philip Stephens wrote in his book “Tony Blair: The Making of a World Leader. ”
Although Tony Blair was pragmatic about Bush’s victory, Mrs Blair was far less sanguine about the Supreme Court decision that gave him the keys to the White House.
She believed Al Gore had been “robbed” of the presidency and was hostile to the idea of her husband “cosying” up to the new President.
Even as they flew to Washington for their first meeting with the presidential couple, Mrs Blair was in no mood to curry favour, the book stated.
The book’s disclosures of Mrs Blair’s forthright views will cause embarrassment in Downing Street, because of Blair’s good working relations with Bush, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, although they will not surprise officials or ministers who know her well.