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Crotty's kid and W



Back in 2004, President Bush came to Orange County and wound up overshadowed - and all over late night TV - by 13-year-old Tyler Crotty, who could be seen behind the president yawning, squirming, and apparently bored out of his mind. Back in Orlando Thursday, Bush reminded Orange County Chairman Rich Crotty of the incident.

"One of my longtime friends here in Orange County is a guy whose son made him famous a while ago.  You might remember the incident.  I was up there giving one of my best speeches. I was putting a hundred percent into it.  I thought I had the crowd on their feet, until I looked behind me.  And Crotty's son was sound asleep. So Crotty, you tell him, stay awake the next time he comes to one of these things.  It kind of hurts an old guy's feelings."

The president on Crist: "He'll be a people's governor. He likes to shake hands, he likes people. That's the kind of governor you want. You want somebody who feels comfortable with the people of a state, somebody who can make decisions, and somebody who can set a clear vision on behalf of this vital state. And that's Charlie Crist. "

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:47pm]


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