James Webb renews his “too hard-core to respect the president” act

The Washington Post reports that at a recent White House reception for freshmen members of Congress, Senator-elect James Webb tried to avoid President Bush. He declined to stand in a presidential receiving line or to have his picture taken with the president. Eventually, however, Bush found him and asked him how his son, a Marine, was doing. Webb responded, “I’d like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President.” Bush said, “That’s not what I asked you; how’s your boy?” According to the Post, Webb “coldly” replied “That’s between me and my boy, Mr. President.”
Webb seems to get off on disrespecting presidents. In 1997, he said:

I cannot conjure up an ounce of respect for Bill Clinton when it comes to the military. Every time I see him salute a Marine, it infuriates me. I don’t think Bill Clinton cares one iota about what happens in a military unit.

However, when Webb needed Clinton’s help, he brought the man whose administration he had called “the most corrupt in modern memory” to help him raise funds. Webb explained his about face by claiming that 9/11 had wiped the slate clean.
Thus, if Bush cared, he could take solace in the knowledge that if the wind changes, so too will the attitude of the erratic opportunist from Virginia.


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