Bush At Dem Retreat For First Time In 6 Years

White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said the question-and-answer portion of Bush's appearance was closed to the press to be consistent with his appearances at gatherings of congressional Republicans. At those events, Bush spoke in public but the questioning was closed "to provide frank and open discussion," Stanzel said.

He said Bush last attended a House Democrat retreat in early 2001, right after he took office.

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