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U.S. President George W. Bush waves as he departs the White House in Washington to attend a fundraiser for Senator George Allen (R-VA) in Virginia August 23, 2006. Bush has no reservations about raising money for a Republican senator under sharp criticism for calling a rival-campaign worker of Indian descent ‘macaca,’ the White House said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)

Urgent Fundraiser? Bush Wanted Carpool Lanes Closed. He had to get there pronto to help Macaca Allen.

Secret Service officials confirm to The Washington Post they tried to get the Virginia Department of Transportation to close down the carpool lanes on a highway leading out of Washington Wednesday so President George W. Bush could easily get to and from a fundraiser for Republican Sen. George Allen.

State experts who monitor traffic predicted a commuting nightmare, because they would have had to close down the lanes for much of the day for logistical reasons, so they denied the request.

Vehicles using Virginia’s high occupancy vehicle lanes must have three or more riders from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Some hybrid vehicles and motorcycles are exempt.

The president traveled to the fundraiser by helicopter.

Hat tip, ~ann.

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