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Bush, Webb in testy exchange over Senator-elect's soldier son

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Mike Sheehan
Published: Tuesday November 28, 2006

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President Bush and U.S. Senator-elect Jim Webb got into a testy exchange over the status of Webb's soldier son, who is serving in Iraq, The Hill is reporting.

Emily Heil writes that at a White House private dinner just after the election featuring "newly elected lawmakers," Bush asked Webb "how his son, a Marine lance corporal serving in Iraq, was doing." According to a person who was present at the dinner, Webb replied to the President that he "really wanted to see his son brought back home."

"I didn't ask you that, I asked how he's doing," Bush replied, according to The Hill's source.

"Webb confessed that he was so angered by this that he was tempted to slug the commander-in-chief, reported the source, but of course didn't," writes Heil. "It's safe to say, however, that Bush and Webb won't be taking any overseas trips together anytime soon."

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