Former President George W. Bush won laughs before the Long Island Association Friday with a lighthearted jibe at U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.
Schumer, a Democrat, noted in warm remarks how, shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Bush assured him New York would get a requested $20 billion in emergency aid -- and that the 43rd president stuck to his word, reports Newsday’s Andrew Smith.
Later in the program, discussing 9-11, Bush looked around and noted Schumer had left.
“I got the guy $20 billion -- and he couldn’t even stick around,” he quipped.
There is, of course, more context to this than space allows. Along the way, Bush acknowledged Reps. Peter King (R-Seaford) and Gary Ackerman (D-Roslyn Heights), in the audience, who also met with the president after the attacks.
Schumer, never shy about coming forward, came to play a prominent role at the event where outgoing LIA president Matt Crosson conducted a conversational format with Bush and his presidentail father George HW Bush (41).
Here is Friday's coverage of the joint appearance.