Webb’s words

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Sen­a­tor-elect Jim Webb of Vir­ginia has shat­tered a cher­ished il­lu­sion of mine. Aren’t all men from Vir­ginia known to be South­ern gen­tle­men—cour­te­ous,cul­turedand­charm­ing? So we’ve al­ways thought of the men of Vir­ginia, lovely ro­man­tic old South­ern state, home of well-bred, ed­u­cated founders of our na­tion, a state rich in our coun­try’s his­tory.

Jim Webb was in­vited to the White House for a re­cep­tion, an in­vi­ta­tion he ac­cepted. But as he avoided (snubbed?) the re­ceiv­ing line, Pres­i­dent Bush sought him out, and in out­go­ing Texas fash­ion in­quired about Mr. Webb’s son, a Marine in Iraq.

“That’s be­tween me and my son, Mr. Pres­i­dent,” Mr. Webb replied, a harsh re­ply of six cold words.

No gen­uine South­ern gen­tle­man, surely, would ac­cept the hos­pi­tal­ity of the White House and then speak with such rude­ness to his pres­i­dent.

So to­day I’m truly wiser but sad­der than be­fore I read those boor­ish words spo­ken by Jim Webb of Vir­ginia. Ros­alie Stu­art Franklin Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton

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