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Forget the Middle East, What's Up With Mel?

8/2/2006 3:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

President George Bush was asked if Mel Gibson "should be forgiven" at a press event at the White House today. The event marked the last press briefing in the West Wing before the press room was to be remodeled.

Bush was asked the question -- by whom, we can't tell -- and got a good laugh out of it. It seems the question may have come from newsman Sam Donaldson, to which Bush replied, "Is that Sam Donaldson? Forget it, you're a has-been. We don't have to answer has-been's questions."

The press corps got quite a kick out of the whole thing.

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