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Dixie Chicks singer apologizes for Bush comment

At London concert, Maines said band was ashamed of him

The Dixie Chicks: Emily Robison, left, Natalie Maines, center, and Martie Maguire
The Dixie Chicks: Emily Robison, left, Natalie Maines, center, and Martie Maguire

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NEW YORK (CNN) -- Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines was singing a new tune late Friday, this time in the form of an apology to President Bush for saying she was ashamed that he was from Texas.

"As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful. I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect," Maines said in her latest statement.

Her comments deriding the president this week have sparked outrage among some country music fans, with some stations boycotting the Grammy-winning group's songs. In a poll on Atlanta, Georgia's KICKS 101.5, 76 percent of its listeners responded with "If I could, I'd take my CDs back."

Maines issued a statement earlier that fell short of offering an apology. In her latest statement, even as the lead singer extended an olive branch, she expressed reservations about a war with Iraq.

"We are currently in Europe and witnessing a huge anti-American sentiment as a result of the perceived rush to war. While war may remain a viable option, as a mother, I just want to see every possible alternative exhausted before children and American soldiers' lives are lost. I love my country. I am a proud American," Maines said.

In a concert in London, England, this week, Maines told the crowd: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas."

The group hails from Texas.

The Dixie Chicks kick off a three-month U.S. tour May 1 in Greenville, South Carolina.


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