Bush uses new nickname for senator
LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) — Sen. Ben Nelson finally has succeeded in getting President Bush to stop calling him by the nickname “Nellie.”
Bush had been referring to the Nebraska Democrat as “Nellie” since 2001.
Nelson disliked the nickname and had asked the president to stop using it.
The president likes to give people nicknames. He has called Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, “Pootie-Poot,” while aide Karen Hughes gets “High Prophet.”
But Bush heeded Nelson’s request to scrap his moniker, and at the recent White House Christmas party, the president referred to Nelson as “Benny.”
“The president had a twinkle in his eye when he called me that,” Nelson said. “He knew what he had done. I said, ‘Thank you, Mr. President.”‘