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  Fenty Won't Sit With Laura Bush At Speech
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Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Jan 25, 2007 10:51pm
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MediaNewspaper - Washington Post
News DateWednesday, January 24, 2007 04:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionD.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has declined a White House invitation to sit with first lady Laura Bush at tonight's State of the Union address, deciding to attend the event as a guest of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Fenty spokeswoman Carrie Brooks confirmed yesterday that the city's new mayor will sit in the gallery along with others invited by Pelosi (D-Calif.), who recently became speaker after Democrats took control of the House of Representatives.

" 'Pelosi asked us first,' " Fenty said, according to Brooks.

Although former mayor Anthony A. Williams, like Fenty, is a Democrat, Williams sat with the wife of Republican President Bush. Presidents often acknowledge guests in the VIP box during the address, and Williams was often captured on television as the cameras panned to the seats around the first lady.

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