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Excerpts from the Press Briefing by Scott McClellan, October 9, 2003 (Full Transcript)

QUESTION: A court ordered the Virginia Military Institute to stop their long tradition of saying grace at meals. But when VMI played the Naval Academy on Saturday before 30,000 people at the Naval Academy -- of which the President is Commander-in-Chief -- not only opened the game with a prayer, but they also had a hymn. And my question is, does Commander Bush approve of this prayer and hymn, or does he disapprove?

MR. McCLELLAN: He's always been a supporter of voluntary student-led prayer.