Tuesday, November 28, 2006

UPDATE: Bush still a jerk (prev. "Oh so THAT'S what was on the menu!")

From the WaPo:
In Following His Own Script, Webb May Test Senate's Limits
By Michael D. Shear
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 29, 2006; Page A01

At a recent White House reception for freshmen members of Congress, Virginia's newest senator tried to avoid President Bush. Democrat James Webb declined to stand in a presidential receiving line or to have his picture taken with the man he had often criticized on the stump this fall. But it wasn't long before Bush found him.

"How's your boy?" Bush asked, referring to Webb's son, a Marine serving in Iraq.

"I'd like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President," Webb responded, echoing a campaign theme.

"That's not what I asked you," Bush said. "How's your boy?"

"That's between me and my boy, Mr. President," Webb said coldly, ending the conversation on the State Floor of the East Wing of the White House.


If the exchange with Bush two weeks ago is any indication, Webb won't be a wallflower, especially when it comes to the war in Iraq. And he won't stick to a script drafted by top Democrats.

"I'm not particularly interested in having a picture of me and George W. Bush on my wall," Webb said in an interview yesterday in which he confirmed the exchange between him and Bush. "No offense to the institution of the presidency, and I'm certainly looking forward to working with him and his administration. [But] leaders do some symbolic things to try to convey who they are and what the message is."

A few weeks ago, I reported that Senator-elect Jim Webb (D-VA) was in attendance at a private reception at the White House for incoming freshman members of Congress. At that point I had no other information except that there was a reception, and Jim Webb and other were invited and attending.

According to The Hill, things between may have gotten a bit heated between Senator-elect Jim Webb and President Bush:
Son also rises in testy Webb-Bush exchange
By Emily Heil

President Bush has pledged to work with the new Democratic majorities in Congress, but he has already gotten off on the wrong foot with Jim Webb, whose surprise victory over Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) tipped the Senate to the Democrats.

Webb, a decorated former Marine officer, hammered Allen and Bush over the unpopular war in Iraq while wearing his son’s old combat boots on the campaign trail. It seems the president may have some lingering resentment.

At a private reception held at the White House with newly elected lawmakers shortly after the election, Bush asked Webb how his son, a Marine lance corporal serving in Iraq, was doing.

Webb responded that he really wanted to see his son brought back home, said a person who heard about the exchange from Webb.

“I didn’t ask you that, I asked how he’s doing,” Bush retorted, according to the source..
Well that certainly doesn't seem like a very appropriate or presidential response to me, I must say. If I were Jim Webb, I might be a little irritated with that comment made by a man who has no problem with other people's children going to war. I would have loved to have been a fly on that wall. Good thing somebody was.
Webb confessed that he was so angered by this that he was tempted to slug the commander-in-chief, reported the source, but of course didn’t. It’s safe to say, however, that Bush and Webb won’t be taking any overseas trips together anytime soon.

“Jim did have a conversation with Bush at that dinner,” said Webb’s spokeswoman Kristian Denny Todd. “Basically, he asked about Jim’s son, Jim expressed the fact that he wanted to have him home.” Todd did not want to escalate matters by commenting on Bush’s response, saying, “It was a private conversation.”

A White House spokeswoman declined to give Bush’s version of the conversation.
Hmmmmm. Well, obviously I know nothing about the source, but the fact that neither parties are elaborating on the story lead me to believe that exchange may have happened. And if it did? Well, I really can't blame Jim Webb for his reaction. I don't fault him for the answer he gave Bush, nor for the way he felt after being basically spat at by the man responsible for this atrocity. They may not want to talk about it, but I am, again, proud that Jim Webb is my new Senator.


Blogger Catzmaw said...

Would have liked to be a fly on the wall for that conversation.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

Damn, nice find! I find everytime I read a piece of news that I grow to loathe George Bush more and more.

9:07 PM  
Blogger DougHed said...

Is it worse than the 1970s Alabama Air National Guard? Or being AWOL from said organization?

9:18 PM  
Blogger Politic-Anna said...

Webb is an honest and educated man in my opinion. He is twice the American Bush will ever be - not only because he has a child fighting in Iraq, but because he is educated and honest. I have no respect for George Bush - he is a liar, a coward, and an idiot. He is not my president.

Good article.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

All I can picture is George Bush standing there with that famous, ignorant looking grin too...

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wonder who would win a fight between Webb and Bush? I have a hunch Webb would probably have him in a submission move in about 10 seconds!

Jim Webb, what a bad ass! He's now my most favorite person in the world!

9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Webb should have said, "Jimmy is as good as one can be as a Marine in Anbar. Twins sitll drunk?"

8:25 AM  
Blogger Terry said...

I'm surprised you have nothing on this yet:


11:23 AM  
Blogger Phriendly Jaime said...

That's OU, not OSU. Aside from having the BEST Halloween party in the country-lierally, the town justs shuts down and it is a university wide mardi gras halloween type party throughout the entire town-they don't have that much going for them.

But thanks for helping me remember the good ole days!!!!

12:01 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

Oh, lol. I know nothing of college football. My sports are hockey and baseball.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Jason Kenney said...

I can't fault either of the men here. Bush was trying to engage Webb in conversation and asked a question of interest about how his son was doing. Webb expressed his thoughts just like anyone else with a kid over there might and when Bush more or less said "just the same, how's he doing?" Webb had every right to say none of your business. Neither man was in the wrong here.

2:50 PM  

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