February 14, 2006

CLASS ACT:

Bush honors Sox, defends Ozzie's absence (CHRIS DE LUCA, 2/14/06, Chicago Sun-Times)

''Ozzie is on vacation, which I fully understand,'' Bush said. ''If he's a Caribbean guy, taking a look at the weather forecast up here yesterday would have made me not want to come, as well.

''But I want to congratulate Ozzie Guillen, as well as the team and staff, the coaching staff, and the managers and all those who worked hard to make these guys ready to play. And I want to congratulate Ozzie on being a great manager, Manager of the Year, as well as becoming a United States citizen earlier this year.''

Guillen's decision not to interrupt his vacation to make a White House visit that barred family members became a controversial issue when Mayor Daley said he was disappointed in the manager's decision. Daley flew from Chicago to Washington on Reinsdorf's chartered plane Sunday and sources said the issue was discussed between the two.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 14, 2006 9:30 AM
Comments

Ozzie figures he'll have another invite next year anyway.

Posted by: John Resnick at February 14, 2006 10:36 AM

At least it's far enough down the road now so that the Sox didn't win their Series because of W's awful Sammy Sosa for Harold Baines trade.

Posted by: John at February 14, 2006 11:09 AM

Might not be safe for Ozzie's family in Venezuela if Chavez sees a picture of him shaking hands with Bush.

Posted by: Foos at February 14, 2006 1:24 PM
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