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'Made in China' labels hidden at Bush event

'Overzealous volunteer' blamed for move

From Jennifer Yuille
CNN Washington Bureau

President Bush stands in front of boxes which had
President Bush stands in front of boxes which had "Made in China" labels obscured.

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ST. LOUIS, Missouri (CNN) -- Someone wanted the right setting Wednesday as President Bush traveled to the Midwest to deliver another pitch for his economic plan.

When the president delivered his remarks, he did so from the floor of a warehouse with American flags in the background along with the logo "Strengthening America's Economy" on a backdrop of boxes. The boxes were stamped "Made in U.S.A."

One problem: The boxes were made in China.

And that was evident despite an effort to hide labels on boxes surrounding the stage. The boxes placed on the side of the stage had "Made in China" labels covered up with white pieces of paper.

"This was the work of an overzealous advance volunteer," said White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan. "It's being taken up with the appropriate people."

The event took place at JS Logistics, a trucking and warehouse firm. In his speech, Bush said his tax breaks would spur small-business growth.


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