A transcript of the conversation:
BUSH: How's your boy?
WEBB: I'd like to get them (sic) out of Iraq, Mr. President.
BUSH : That's not what I asked you. How's your boy?
WEBB: That's between me and my boy, Mr. President
Webb later had the unmitigated gall to say Mr. Bush's part in this exchange nearly led him- Webb- to slug the President!
Will is right. Webb's part of the conversation was boorish, arrogant, uncivil, and disrespectful of the office of the man he was talking to. And I'll go one step further: it was behavior unbecoming an incoming United States Senator.
"Calculated rudeness," Will calls it. That's about right. Apparently, by his own admission, Webb believes that ill manners are an appropriate way of signaling who he is and what his message will be.
Who is he? Was it really his intent to signal that he is a jackass? What …