So no one’s ever going to mistake Senator-elect Jim Webb for a Virginia gentleman.
The Washington Post has been reporting on the tackiest behavior at the White House since President Bill Clinton spent time in the Oval Office, not alone.
Last month, at an East Wing reception for newly elected Members of Congress, Mr. Webb first refused to stand in the presidential receiving line.
President Bush later sought out his guest, and asked, “How’s your boy?”, referring to Mr. Webb’s son, a Marine volunteer currently serving in Iraq, according to the Post.
“I’d like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President,” the Senator-elect retorted.
“That’s not what I asked you,” the President responded. “How’s your boy?”
“That’s between me and my boy, Mr. President,” Mr. Webb told his host.
For anyone whose mind is less subtle than Mr. Webb’s, the distinguished boor further clarified his feelings. According to an anonymous source in The Hill, Mr. Webb confessed that he was tempted to slug his host, but didn’t.
Pacifism at its finest.