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CRITIC SAYS W WAS SNIPPY
New York Daily News; New York, N.Y.; Jul 28, 2001; EMILY GEST DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER;

Abstract:
[Bill Langley]'s E-mail said he mused about making T-shirts that said, " 'Who cares what you think?' - George W. Bush, July 4, 2001."

Andrew Hudson, a spokesman for Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, can confirm for Langley there's a market for the shirts.

Hudson forwarded the Langley E-mail, with his E-mail signature mistakenly attached to the bottom of the document. For weeks after, Hudson has had to stay late at work responding to hundreds of phone calls and E-mails - some from as far away as Tel Aviv - from people who think Hudson is selling T-shirts.

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Copyright Daily News, L.P. Jul 28, 2001

Confronted by a critic at a block party, President Bush lost his vaunted charm and reportedly replied, "Who cares what you think?"

The blunt conversation, said to have taken place at a Fourth of July block party outside the Greater Exodus Baptist Church in Philadelphia, was described in an E-mail message freelance writer Bill Langley sent to 25 friends on July 12.

The E-mail has become chat-room fodder and been forwarded to thousands of people around the world.

Langley, 32, of Philadelphia, confirmed yesterday he wrote the E- mail.

"I had no intention of this becoming a public event," he said yesterday from the City of Brotherly Love. "I was speaking as a constituent and nothing more."

In his E-mail, Langley said he shook hands with the President and told him, "I hope you only serve four years. I'm very disappointed in your work so far."

Bush maintained his smile and handshake, and answered, "Who cares what you think?" according to Langley's E-mail.

"I was surprised to get any reaction at all - I wasn't looking for one," said Langley, who writes about public policy and social issues.

"I had no intention to be rude," Langley said. "I meant no disrespect to the President or the office of the President of the United States."

The Rev. Herbert Lusk, pastor of Greater Exodus, has consulted with Bush about faith-based initiatives and said he doubted the President said such a thing.

"That doesn't sound like the man I've sat with for seven [meetings]," Lusk said.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said, "I don't think I'm going to dignify something so ridiculous with a response."

Langley's E-mail said he mused about making T-shirts that said, " 'Who cares what you think?' - George W. Bush, July 4, 2001."

Langley, however, said he has no plans to market T-shirts.

"If I wanted to, I might make a little money - there's a market for it," he said yesterday.

Andrew Hudson, a spokesman for Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, can confirm for Langley there's a market for the shirts.

Hudson forwarded the Langley E-mail, with his E-mail signature mistakenly attached to the bottom of the document. For weeks after, Hudson has had to stay late at work responding to hundreds of phone calls and E-mails - some from as far away as Tel Aviv - from people who think Hudson is selling T-shirts.

"I kind of regret [forwarding] it," said Hudson, who won't be selling T-shirts. "I thought it was funny. It really struck a nerve with folks."

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Caption: AP GOES FOURTH President visits Philly July 4.