New senator gives Bush a chilly replyRICHMOND, Va.
(AP) - Democratic Sen.-elect Jim Webb of Virginia 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.
Webb recalled the exchange in an interview Wednesday.
"How's your boy?" Bush asked Webb 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 the one that Webb has given reporters and others who have asked him about Lance Cpl. Jimmy Webb, 24, since the young man left for Iraq around Labor Day: "I told him that was between my boy and me."
The White House had no comment on the reception. But it did not dispute an account of the exchange in Wednesday's Washington Post. Buffalo News