White House Welcomes Boston Winners

Bush and the World Champion Red Sox

Curt Schilling (with shirt in hand) and The Boston Red Sox visited the White House today.

Despite the frigid cold, Sox fans sporting well-worn caps and crisp new championship T-shirts, cheered and chanted for their first Series victors in 86 years.

“Welcome to the citizens of Red Sox Nation,” said Bush. “Some have said it would be a cold day when the Red Sox made it here.”

Bush, a former owner of the Texas Rangers, had a lot of supporters and a few detractors in the lineup. Pitcher Curt Schilling, who presented him with a white baseball jersey emblazoned with his name and the number 43, campaigned for Bush.

Catcher Jason Varitek had a red jersey bearing the number 2 for Vice President Dick Cheney.

Red Sox principal owner John Henry and general manager Theo Epstein both supported Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, a Massachusetts senator who showed up a bit late for the ceremony. Also in the audience was Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, a Democrat, whose city hosted the Democratic convention last summer.

“You’ve had a heck of a year, mayor,” Bush told him.

Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass. said Bush also apologized to Kerry for starting the ceremony without him.

So, his hometown team wins a World Series for the first time in eighty-some years and he is late to honor them? What’s up with that?

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