Today, President Bush stopped at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska and spoke to soldiers. The White House included Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) in the event, despite his recent indictment on corruption charges. The AP reports that Bush “acknowledged Stevens briefly and warmly, saying the military has no stronger friend. Josh Bolten, the president’s chief of staff, was seen chatting with Stevens after the president spoke.”
The White House has continued to stand by the embattled Stevens. When pressed by reporters last week on whether Stevens would still travel with Bush on his Alaska trip, press secretary Dana Perino stood firm, stating that the invitation “did not change” with Stevens’s indictment.