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At today’s White House news briefing, WND asked presidential press secretary Ari Fleischer about comments Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., made yesterday lashing out at President Bush’s use of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln for a speech last week.
Before WND queried Fleischer, other reporters asked questions about the president’s time at sea and Democratic criticism of the event. The spokesman said Bush “is proud to have visited the Abraham Lincoln, to have flown onto it to say thank you in person to those who defend our country. That’s the president’s focus; that’s why he did it. He’s proud of the way he did it and he’s proud he did it.”
WND’s question was cast in light of Bush’s accuser’s political legacy in West Virginia:
WND: Considering Sen. Byrd’s charging the president with flamboyant showmanship on the Lincoln, what is the president’s reaction to what an editor of West Virginia’s Charleston Gazette noted this morning are so many dozens of buildings, roads, statues, bridges, locks, dams, hospitals and even a river named by Robert C. Byrd, that there have been signs posted, the Robert C. Byrd telephone poll and the Robert C. Byrd parking meter? And I have one follow-up.
FLEISCHER: Why don’t you ask your follow-up first. (Laughter.)
WND: Doesn’t the president – don’t you have some reaction to this showmanship business?
FLEISCHER: I think we’ve exhausted that topic.
WND then asked about the public outcry in reaction to anti-Bush comments made by the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks.
WND: The Dixie Chicks, a country music trio, has suffered a decline in sales and radio playtime due to their lead singer’s comment in London that she is ashamed the president is from Texas. And my question: Is the president equally ashamed that the Dixie Chicks are from Texas?
FLEISCHER: Lester, I would be ashamed if you were acknowledging that you did not watch the president’s moving interview with Tom Brokaw in which he answered that question. So we’ll be –
WND: Who’s Tom Brokaw? (Laughter.)
FLEISCHER: So we’ll be happy – (laughter) – be happy to provide you a tape.
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