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Bush calls to congratulate Olympic swimmer Phelps

Bush calls to congratulate Olympic swimmer Phelps

POSTED: Sunday, August 17, 2008 - 5:13pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:22pm

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps
has gotten a long-distance congratulations from President Bush.

The White House says Bush told Phelps: "If you can handle eight
gold medals, you can handle anything."

Bush called Phelps on Sunday morning from his Texas ranch. A
white House spokesman says Bush told Phelps that he and first lady
Laura Bush were proud of the swimmer's achievements and that he
handled himself with "humility."

And the president told Phelps to give his mom a big hug for him.

Phelps set seven world records and one Olympic record during the
Beijing Olympics.

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