Jim Webb Almost Beats Some Sense Into Bush
The White House invited newly elected Senate and House members to a "private reception" after the election, and George W. Bush really charmed Jim Webb. According to The Hill, Bush asked Webb how his son was doing in Iraq; Jimmy Webb Jr. is serving in the Marine Corps. Senator-elect Webb said he'd like to see his son get home safely. "I didn't ask you that," Bush shot back. "I asked how he's doing."
Sources tell The Hill that Webb was so furious he could barely keep himself from slugging Dubya in the face, but he bravely made it through the dinner without violence. Webb's office will only say that he had a "private conversation" with Bush. There's an even better version from the Washington Post, after the jump.
The Post says Webb refused to have his picture taken with Bush and even refused to stand in the receiving line. Here's the paper's version of the exchange:
"How's your boy?" Bush asked, referring to Webb's son, a Marine serving in Iraq.2007 is going to be awesome.
"I'd like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President," Webb responded, echoing a campaign theme.
"That's not what I asked you," Bush said. "How's your boy?"
"That's between me and my boy, Mr. President," Webb said coldly, ending the conversation on the State Floor of the East Wing of the White House.
Really, just imagine Reagan's secretary of the Navy and the new senator from Virginia killing the junior Bush with his own hands. Shakespeare would've gone crazy with this kind of material.
Son also rises in testy Webb-Bush exchange [The Hill]
In Following His Own Script, Webb May Test Senate's Limits [Washington Post]