After 6 Years…Now He’s a Uniter not a Divider

WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia (Reuters) – Democrats angry at President Bush for his Iraq policy will get a chance to air their grievances on Saturday at a rare meeting that Bush hopes to use to find common ground on contentious issues.

For the first time since the beginning of his presidency six years ago, Bush will address the annual retreat of U.S. House of Representatives Democrats that is being held one month into a new congressional session.

After the speech, Bush and the lawmakers will go into a private meeting to give Democrats, who seized control of the House and Senate in November elections, a chance to question the president.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has chosen five fellow Democrats to quiz Bush, and the Iraq war is expected to be high on their agenda.

Before leaving the retreat, Bush was scheduled to appear at a news conference with Pelosi, a California Democrat who has been critical of the president’s policies. It was unclear whether Bush would make a statement or take questions.

“The war, the war, the war,” Pelosi told reporters on Friday when asked what rank-and-file Democrats had on their minds at the retreat.

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