November 30, 2006

Jim Webb claims he never called the President “a dick”

Posted in Bush II, Congress, political satire at 6:16 pm by thewashingtonbeltsider

images-13.jpgby Tom Toburn

Senator-elect Jim Webb (D-VA) is denying that he used the words “a dick” about the President in the context of a face-to-face meeting between the two Tuesday, since a controversy has erupted surrounding the encounter.

“I may have used the words ‘pants pisher,'” Webb said through a spokesman, “but people know it is highly improbable that that other derogatory term could have come from me, salty Navy language notwithstanding.”

The widely reported story involves pleasantries between the Senator-elect and the President at a recent White House reception for freshman members of Congress. The President reportedly asked Webb, “How’s your boy?” to which Webb replied that he would like to see the troops pulled from Iraq, and he would like to see Cindy Sheehan come along for a sit and chat about issues of the troops return. Bush said back “I didn’t ask about that, and Ms. Sheehan is hysterical numbskull,” before spitting at Webb’s feet and leaving. Webb reportedly took exception to the ill-advised charactization of anti-war protestor Sheehan and said, “What a dick,” but his representatives are now disputing this claim.

Some have made pains to point out that many characters in Mr. Webb’s novels have used terms like “dick,” “prick,” “schmuck,” and “proboscus,” but Webb’s representatives insist that the word probuscus “is another word for nose.”

The Senator-elect is expected to address questions about the encounter in a press conference later today.



  1. Arnold Hash said,

    I think it is both shocking and appalling that a President that has shown such a callous disregard for human life of our fallen soldiers to actually act as if he cared about a current living serviceman, when it was obvious he was only making conversation and trying to get on Webb’s good side to see if he could count him among his “rubber stamp comraderie”. Hooray to Jim Webb for his statement to Bush, and even if he did call him a “dick” or not, its imperative to note that he showed restraint in not calling him worse, yet kept his military cordiality in not being more disrespectful to him than that.

  2. Right on, Arnold.

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