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Thjere are times and places.....
.....for pointed quips, and I don't consider a social occasion as being one of them.
Thus I fault them both,
Mr. Webb could have said, "The last I heard, he was OK. I am anxious for the troops to come home."
The President (who has said on many occasions that he wants the troops home) could have answered, " That's good. I look for the day when the troops come home, too."
But Mr. Webb did not answer the direct question. The President could have let the Webb comment lie, and just said, "Me, too."
Again, IMO, there are proper scenarios for getting in personal licks, and a reception is not one of them.
I give the President credit for acknowledging Mr. Webb's son is in Iraq. I can sympathize with the constant worry Mr. Webb must be under.
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I would have said: are your daughters enjoying
their vacation in argentina, mr president.(one of many reasons I will never be elected to public office)
being the eternal cynical skeptic:
I believe the president should not have pursued mr webb for a 'friendly photo-op' politics is not an afternoon tea and the rules are different. mr webb did not use insulting language and respected the 'office' of the president. most parents that disagree with the iraq invasion do not get to express their feelings directly to the cic.
some pundits have said that this was the wrong venue. "you do not insult the host in his house" is a common response.
but it is not his house; it is OUR house. the host and the guests are equal.
why are you fixated on
the presidents daughters?
Perhaps because previous Presidents' daughters have been
conspicuous in their service to the country, or at least a segment of it, while the Bush twins have been conspicuous as party girls, though that's just what's printed in the media which I acknowledge is not to be trusted. What do the Bush twins do for work now? I haven't heard.
as its a volunteer service
why do they have to do any?
I did think this was important....if true
"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."
In other words, Webb tried to avoid Bush and Bush, knowing about Webb's son, could have avoided the awkward moment himself but decided to face it instead. This, to me, says plenty about a man's real character.
Re: says plenty about a man's real character.
Since you mentioned both Bush and Webb.
Were you referring to both or just one?
If one, which one?
most of us relize he ment the President
Should be easy to interpret but here's the key words
from my own comment. "...could have avoided the awkward moment himself but decided to face it instead."
Which of the two directly faced what could have been an uncomfortable situation? Again, as in my first post, I don't know the truth for certain as to what was said. News articles aren't always...or even often...that credible IMO.