<
>

Ohio Republicans tease Bush about Texas' loss

WASHINGTON -- Top-ranked Ohio State's victory over Texas followed President Bush to Ohio on Thursday in a meeting with Republican lawmakers.

Rep. Deborah Pryce was decked out in a gray and scarlet suit and a buckeye necklace. She said he called the delegation "a bunch of sore winners" as it presented him with a scarlet Ohio State flag with a gray block "O" in the middle.

"It was really funny," she said. "He took it well."

Ohio State defeated Texas 24-7 on Saturday in a game pitting the nation's top-ranked teams in Austin, where Bush served as governor for six years.

Rep. Pat Tiberi of Columbus wore an Ohio State cap and several Ohioans wore red-and-gray striped ties. One exception was Majority Leader John Boehner, whose tie was blue.

"I guess he didn't get the memo," said Brian Gaston, a former Boehner staffer who is now chief of staff for Majority Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri.