Lt. G.W. Bush, Captured in Bronze

Friday, February 10, 2006

Presidents are often memorialized in their most famous moments -- George Washington crossing the Delaware, Theodore Roosevelt at San Juan Hill.

Now President Bush's time in the Texas Air National Guard has been immortalized in bronze. The National Guard Association of the United States yesterday unveiled a bust of a young Lt. George W. Bush. The association expressed its pride in Bush, who is perhaps its most famous alumnus around today.

Bush's service may still be a bit of a sore subject for him, though. He seemed no more eager to talk about it yesterday than he did in his 2004 reelection campaign, when critics questioned whether he manipulated his guard service to avoid having to serve in Vietnam.

The president made no mention of the contretemps yesterday, and in fact offered virtually no comment on the bust at all. His only reference was to thank the man who raised the money for it, retired Chief Warrant Officer Lewis King, and the man who sculpted it, Charles Parks.

"Charles caught me before my hair went gray," Bush said.

-- Peter Baker

© 2006 The Washington Post Company