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Bush attends Little League championship
WACO, Texas - President Bush relived some of his childhood Saturday night when he attended a Little League playoff game near his ranch.
The world's most powerful former Little Leaguer watched several innings while players from Bryant, Ark., and Lafayette, La., competed for the southwestern regional championship.
Bush welcomed the players, coaches and families to Texas from the pitcher's mound. He then threw out the ceremonial first pitch and watched from behind home plate with the first lady and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
"Play hard, play fair, play to win," he said. "God bless you all and may God continue to bless our great country."
Bush is the first former Little League player to be elected president, having played as a kid for the Cubs of Midland, Texas, said the league's CEO and president Steve Keener.
Bush attended the Little League World Series in 2001 and hosts T-ball games each summer on the White House lawn. Keener said he is the first president to attend one of the league's regional championships.
The game was being played just about 20 miles from the ranch where Bush is spending the month of August. Bush traveled to the game by helicopter, missing the throng of anti-war protesters gathered on the country road leading to his ranch.
The demonstrations began a week ago when California mom Cindy Sheehan came demanding to personally ask Bush about why her son had to die last year while fighting for the Army in Iraq.
More than 350 anti-war demonstrators rallied at a park in nearby Crawford Saturday in support of Sheehan, then traveled several miles out to her roadside campsite.
About a dozen Bush supporters stood across the street, kept apart from the anti-war group by sheriff's deputies and Secret Service agents.