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XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX WED JAN 22, 2003 15:02:37 ET XXXXX

PHOTO-OP COVER-UP: BOXES READ 'MADE IN CHINA' NOT 'MADE IN USA'

When President Bush gave a speech touting tax breaks for small businesses today, he stood against what appeared to be a backdrop of cardboard boxes stamped �MADE IN U.S.A.�

But the boxes in the south St. Louis warehouse had actually been painted on a large screen behind the president. The real boxes in the warehouse were stamped �Made in China,� although someone tried to obscure the stamps by plastering over them with blank white labels.

Asked about one of the labels by The Washington Times, Randy Shore, warehouse manager for J.S. Logistics, smiled and said: �I don�t know how it got there.�

He later explained the labels would be filled in with numbers to identify their location on racks throughout the warehouse. Pressed on why the stickers were placed precisely over the �Made in China� stamps, he added: �That�s as good a place as any.�

�Nobody instructed me� to obscure the stamp, he insisted.

But the White House later acknowledged the stickers were affixed intentionally. White House Deputy Press Secretary Claire Buchan attributed the move to �an overzealous volunteer.�

�Obviously, it�s not appropriate,� she added.

Asked if an overzealous volunteer was responsible for the �MADE IN U.S.A.� backdrop, she smiled and said: �No.�

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