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Bush gets heckled. The White House calls it applause.

Published July 21, 2006 2:15PM (EDT)

When George W. Bush acknowledged in his NAACP speech Thursday that "many African-Americans distrust my political party," several men in the audience took to their feet and shouted epithets. As the Washington Post's Dana Milbank reports, NAACP chairman Julian Bond approached the podium to help the president; Bush said, "Don't worry about it, I'm almost finished"; and Bond said, "I know you can handle it."

On the White House Web site, the incident is described this way. "AUDIENCE: Yes! (Applause)."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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