Webb Meets Bush

30Nov06

A lot of  excitement is flying over the exchange between President Bush and Jim Webb at a recent reception for new members of Congress. From USA Today:

Democratic Sen.-elect Jim Webb avoided the receiving line during a recent White House reception for new members of Congress and had a chilly exchange with President Bush over the Iraq war and his Marine son.

“How’s your boy?” Webb, in an interview Wednesday, recalled Bush asking during the reception two weeks ago.

“I told him I’d like to get them out of Iraq,” Webb said.

“That’s not what I asked. How’s your boy?” the president replied, according to Webb.

At that point, Webb said, Bush got a response similar to what reporters and others who had asked Webb about Lance Cpl. Jimmy Webb, 24, have received since the young man left for Iraq around Labor Day: “I told him that was between my boy and me.”

Webb, a leading critic of the Iraq war, said that he had avoided the receiving line and photo op with Bush, but that the president found him.

Webb also shared the following words with the Washington Post:

“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.”

Rumor has it that Webb also later said he felt like slugging Bush in the face when he said that.  Still looking for sources on that one, but who wouldn’t feel that way?

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