George and Laura Welcome Kids to White House for 'Willy Wonka'

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Dec 05, 2006 10:33 AM

Heeeey, I was pretty sure Bush hated kids. Just like he hates women.

Dozens of children cashed in their equivalent of a golden ticket on Monday: a greeting from the president and a private showing of "Willy Wonka" at the White House.

In a yearly tradition, President Bush and first lady Laura Bush welcomed their young guests to the East Room for a holiday performance.

Cute story, right? Is this a little jab at the president from the AP at the end?

The president seemed to enjoy the music, often tapping his feet and nodding along. When he went on stage to thank the performers after the show, the children headed the other way -- following Santa Claus out of the room.

If so, it's a small one, and in pretty good humor, but I can't imagine a reporter accentuating small chidren's desire to run away from President Clinton when he was in office.