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....
While our service members sacrifice their lives and limbs in Iraq, the Bush twins are partying around the world at taxpayers' expense. Instead of using their time to volunteer in schools, shelters, or hospitals, they disrespect their secret service protectors and give all Americans a black eye.
The Bush family wants someone else's kid to go to war, lose a limb, make a sacrifice, and volunteer. Just like their father, the Bush twins are unwilling to make any effort to help anyone but themselves. It is time for the Bush parents to have a serious talk with their daughters and talk about responsibility. Unfortunately, I don't think that will happen.