Wednesday, January 22, 2003


There's still uncertainty about the economic future of this country," Bush said. But he added: "I'm confident they (lawmakers) will hear the voices of the people ... to immediately get money in your pockets and into the economy."

Bush delivered his message in front of a fake wall of cardboard boxes stamped "Made in U.S.A." The real boxes, set to Bush's side, had their "Made in China" stamps blotted out.

The White House said it did not intend to cover up the markings on the boxes. "It appears it was an overzealous volunteer. We'll take it up with the appropriate channels," White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan said.

Caption:"President Bush (news - web sites) stands in front of a painted canvas backdrop that depict boxes that are stamped Made in America as he addresses a group of local officials and small business owners at the JB Logistics shipping company in St. Louis, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003. Bush was in the gateway city to push his economic plan and to highlight its impact for small business. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

President Bush (news - web sites) makes remarks on the economy during a visit to St Louis, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003. Bush touted small-business tax cuts as a tonic for the ailing economy Wednesday, firing back at critics as a new poll found most Americans think his economic growth plan mostly benefits the wealthy. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)