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Oops. Another set of Bush Air National Guard records surfaced. Is it that hard to find them?

A packet of Texas Air National Guard records newly released Friday showed that the commanding officer of President Bush (news – web sites)’s basic training unit took a special interest in him as a trainee and wrote to his father to praise his son.

Bush’s father, then a congressman from Texas, said in reply to the commander, “That a major general in the Air Force would take interest in a brand new Air Force trainee made a big impression on me.”

…The letter and other material were the latest in a stream of documents released about Bush’s service three decades ago during the Vietnam War, when Bush’s critics say he got preferential treatment as the son of a congressman and U.N. ambassador. Critics have also questioned why Bush skipped a required medical examination in 1972 and failed to show up for drills during a six-month period that year.

The White House has said repeatedly that all of Bush’s Guard records have been disclosed, only to be embarrassed when new documents have turned up.

…In addition to the letter from Bush’s father, the latest documents contain news releases that the Texas Air National Guard sent to Houston newspapers in 1970 about young Bush, then a second lieutenant and new pilot. “George Bush is one member of the younger generation who doesn’t get his kicks from pot or hashish or speed,” the news release said. “Oh, he gets high, all right, but not from narcotics.”

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