The Democrats have selected freshman Senator Jim Webb of Virginia to deliver their response to the president's State of the Union speech next Tuesday.
In November — Webb refused to shake the president's hand or have his picture taken during a White House reception for incoming members of Congress. When Mr. Bush asked how Webb's son — a marine in Iraq — was doing — Webb said, "I'd like to get them out of Iraq."
"That's not what I asked you," Mr. Bush answered. "How's your boy?"
Said Webb —"That's between me and my boy, Mr. President."
The Hill newspaper reported that Webb said he was so angered by the exchange he was tempted to slug the president.