Monday, January 22, 2007

House Democrats Book Big Name For Conference

Carrot Top must have another gig scheduled for that day.

President Bush has accepted an invitation from House Democrats to travel to Williamsburg, Va., in February to speak at their annual issues conference, a move that might have been unthinkable a few short months ago, when Republicans ran Capitol Hill. ...

His planned appearance this year, on Feb. 3, was announced by Representative Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the House Democratic caucus, in an e-mail message to colleagues on Friday.

"I'm happy to announce that President Bush has accepted our invitation to address the conference on Saturday morning," Mr. Emanuel wrote, adding that former President Bill Clinton would also be there.

Mr. Bush's appearance is testimony to the changed climate on Capitol Hill, where Democrats have just pushed six major pieces of legislation through the House, on issues including student loans, Medicare prescription drugs and stem cell research, with some Republican support. A White House spokeswoman said Mr. Bush would deliver a speech to the Democrats and take five questions.

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