Webb and Bush get testy in first meeting
If it's true that first impressions are the most lasting, then President George W. Bush and Senator-elect Jim Webb may not be the chummiest of statesmen in Washington for the next two years. The Washington Post reports this morning that at a recent White House reception for newly elected lawmakers, things got a bit testy between our 43rd president and Virginia's newest senator.
After Webb refused to stand in a presidential receiving line or have his picture taken with Bush, the President found the senator-elect and asked, "How's your boy?" alluding to Webb's son Jimmy, a Marine serving in Iraq.
"I'd like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President," Webb said.
"That's not what I asked you. How's your boy?" Bush retorted.
"That's between me and my boy, Mr. President," Webb responded, reportedly ending the conversation.
Webb confirmed the exchange to the Post, saying, "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."
The White House declined to comment on the exchange.