whoa nellie

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.”‘

4 thoughts on “whoa nellie

  1. my ex-editor’s last name was nelson and i called him “nelly” every day. he, too, hated it.
    i thought i was, like, original and stuff.

  2. Talk about burying the lead! The President of the United States refers to the iron-fisted Russian autocrat as “Pootie-Poot”?! Our foreign policy begins to make sense to me now. I wonder if he’ll ever catch that beardy terror guy, “‘sama-lama-ding-dong.”

  3. When asked to use “Pootie-Poot” in a sentence, Bush responded, “Me and Pootie-Poot did keg stands last week! He almost totally barfed all over Zoom Zoom! Ha ha, that would have ruled!!”

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