Simpson Snubs President Bush
of Hazzard beauty Jessica Simpson pulled out of a planned meeting with
US President George Bush tonight (16MAR06), because she is concerned about
"politicizing" the charity she supports.
The 25-year-old still plans to lobby members of Congress in Washington
DC today in her representative role for Operation Smile - a non-profit
charity which offers cosmetic surgery to facially disfigured children from
around the world.
And Simpson has turned down an invitation to meet with President Bush
at a major Republican party fund-raising event on the same day, because
she doesn't want to affiliate herself to a political organization.
A Simpson aide tells Reuters, "It just feels wrong. She would love
to meet the president and talk about Operation Smile... but she can't do
it at a fund-raiser for the Republican Party."
But the National Republican Congressional Committee is surprised by her
decision. Spokesman Carl Forti says, "It's never been a problem for
"I find it hard to believe she would pass up an opportunity to
lobby the president on behalf of Operation Smile."