To cause to be more favorably inclined; to gain the good will of; to satisfy or relieve; to pacify or attempt to pacify by granting concessions, often at the expense of principle.
Do you suppose he means it in this sense:
George Bush's grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany.
The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.
His business dealings, which continued until his company's assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave labourers at Auschwitz and to a hum of pre-election controversy.
The evidence has also prompted one former US Nazi war crimes prosecutor to argue that the late senator's action should have been grounds for prosecution for giving aid and comfort to the enemy.
Or this one:
Your thoughts, Dear Readers?
UPDATE: You may view a high-quality (and rather more legible!) Flash version of the above video here.