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Bushes' Dog Creates 'Near Riot' Among Kids

The Nation | IN BRIEF / WASHINGTON, D.C.

December 18, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

President Bush helped read a Christmas classic to third-graders in a lighthearted ceremony disrupted by a "near riot" of schoolchildren frightened by his black Scottish terrier.

Bush exchanged jokes with the nearly 60 children gathered in the Roosevelt Room as First Lady Laura Bush read from "The Night Before Christmas."

Many of the children were startled when the dog, Barney, entered. "He's pretty ferocious-looking when you first look at him," Bush said, saying the surprise "created a near riot."

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