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Smithsonian OKs tweak to caption on Bush portrait

2009-01-14 05:36:22 GMT2009-01-14 13:36:22 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

US President George W. Bush looks over his portrait during its unveiling at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, Friday, December 19, 2008. [Agencies]

US First lady Laura Bush, left, goes to hug artist Robert Anderson of Darien, Conn., center, as President George W. Bush looks on during the unveiling of the Bush portraits at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, Friday, December 19, 2008. Anderson, who was a Yale classmate of President Bush's, painted his portrait. [Agencies]

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- US Sen. Bernie Sanders has persuaded the Smithsonian Institution to change the caption on a new portrait of US President George W. Bush.

The Vermont independent had objected to wording in the caption that said Bush's time in office was "marked by a series of catastrophic events" including "the attacks on September 11, 2001, that led to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq."

In a Jan. 7 letter to the director of the National Portrait Gallery, Sanders said the notion the terrorist attacks were linked to or led to the Iraq war has been widely debunked.

Gallery Director Martin Sullivan wrote back Monday to say the label will be changed to delete the words "led to."


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