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Crying girl darts away from Bush at White House tee-ball game
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Friday July 18, 2008

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A little girl became so badly frightened while being introduced to President Bush on Wednesday during a White House tee-ball game that she darted away in tears.

The girl was one of 50 children who had been invited to the White House for the 19th in a series of "Tee-Ball Initiatives," which began when Bush took office in 2001. According to the Washington Post, the Tee-Ball game "brought to at least 95 the number of sporting-related events he has participated in during his time in the White House. He has done no fewer than 18 such events so far this year -- already passing his previous record of 13 in both 2001 and 2007."

As Bush attempted to offer Emily a baseball, she became spooked by either the president or the chipmunk mascot that was standing several feet away on the other side of the president.

Emily, who appeared to be crying, first attempted to hang back and hide behind the brim of her baseball cap, then succeeded in pulling her hand out of the grasp of the man who was leading her forward and dashed away through a gap in the fence and lost herself in the audience.

"Emily, it's OK," commented The Swamp. "There are a lot of congressional Republicans running away from Bush during this election year too."

This video is from MSNBC's Hardball, broadcast July 17, 2008.


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