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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Jim Webb and George Bush Butting Heads

Senator Jim Webb and George Bush reportedly found themselves butting heads at a recent White House reception. According to the article in the New York Times, 'Sen. Jim Webb Says Story on Rift With Bush 'Emanated from the White House', George W. had "asked about Webb's son, who is serving in Iraq. Webb suggested that troops should start coming home from Iraq, and Bush snapped back, "I didn't ask you that.""

Webb claims he said nothing publicly about the testy response from George Bush, so it must be assumed that the story of the incident was leaked by the White House itself. You have to love how much game playing there is in US politics, no? Trite.

Jim Webb is a recent Senator of Virginia. According to his web site (or is it Webb Site), Jim Webb for Senate, he was born for leadership and the military. "Both sides of Jim’s family have a strong citizen-soldier military tradition that predates the Revolutionary War." That's impressive. He served in the Marines and it seems his son is also carrying on the tradition of service. This gives him a unique point of view on Iraq, Iran and the current situation in the Middle East.

But where does his name sound familiar? James H. Webb is the author of six best selling books and worked on many Hollywood feature films, including "Rules of Engagement" starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.

In any exchange, there are two sides to every story and things often get exaggerated. It seems that the New York Time, in this case, glossed over the actual details of the exchange with Bush. In WikiPedia, you can find a nice write up about the biography of Jim Webb.

About midway down, they go into further detail in "Terse Exchange with Bush", stating:

"On November 28, 2006, at a White House reception for those newly elected to Congress, Webb declined to stand in the line to have his picture taken with the president, whom Webb often criticized during the campaign. The president approached Webb later and asked him, "How's your boy?", referring to Webb's son, a Marine serving in Iraq. According to Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia, aides warned the President to be "extra sensitive about talking to Webb about his son, since Webb's son had had a recent brush with death in Iraq."[18] Webb replied "I'd like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President." Bush responded, "That's not what I asked you. How's your boy?" Webb responded "That's between me and my boy, Mr. President." Webb was so angered by the exchange that he was reportedly tempted to "slug" the president and later remarked "I'm not particularly interested in having a picture of me and George W. Bush on my wall."

To read more about Jim Webb's horoscope go to Stars Over Washington. This is fantastic blog about politics and Astrology.

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