Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Why Not Stay Home?


An AP story tells of Senator-elect Jim Webb's desire to avoid the President in a White House reception for new Congress members.

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.


It was a White House reception for crying out loud. Who did Webb expect to meet there? And why act offended when the host seeks you out and asks a question any normal, caring person would ask? Maybe the President should have acted like he didn't know Webb from a hill of beans or that Webb's son was serving in Iraq. Of course, then the story would have been that President Bush doesn't care enough about the troops to know that a freshman Democrat Senator has a son serving.

Webb was Secretary of the Navy under President Reagan. He obviously didn't learn anything from Reagan about the importance of civility and treating leaders of the other party, not to mention the President, with respect.

Hopefully, in the next six years he'll learn some manners he missed during his time serving under President Reagan.

2 comments:

greenInk said...

Respect? For the lying sack that demanded Webb's son and thousands of others do what he would not? Bush was disrespectful by not accepting Webb's initial answer. This is life and death stuff, not high tea. For too long, nobody has been willing to stand up to that ignorant blowhard. I thought Webb was well within his rights as a father and as a Senator who was sent to Washington to stand against Bush and his administration. I say good for him. too bad most of the other dems are such spineless weasels.

terrance said...

"For the lying sack", "ignorant blowhard", "most of the other dems are such spineless weasels"

greenink,

Your rhetoric says it all. You are bi-partisan in your loathing.

You obviously don't know how to get along with people who have opinions different than yours.

A White House reception isn't a Senate debate. It is more like high tea.

My advice would be the same to you as to Sen.-elect Webb:

Until you have learned manners, you would do well to avoid social events with and partaking of the hospitality of those you disagree with.

If you don't want to dance with the guy who brung ya, don't go to the dance.