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Chelsea misspeaks on Bush travel

From NBC/NJ's Matthew Berger
BENSALEM, Pa. -- Chelsea Clinton mistakenly said President Bush had not toured the Middle East as president before arriving there earlier this year.

Speaking at a retirement community outside of Philadelphia, the former first daughter suggested Bush had not been as engaged in the Middle East as previous Commanders-In-Chief, comparing his work to President Clinton's in Northern Ireland.

"President Bush was in the Middle East last month, and its great that he was there, but that was his first trip there as president," she said at the Wood River Village Assisted Living Center. "He'd visited our men in northern Iraq before but he'd never been to Israel; he'd never been to Jordan, he'd never been to Saudi Arabia or Egypt; he just hadn't been."

Bush in fact traveled to Egypt, Jordan and Qatar in 2003, and was in Jordan again in 2006. His trip in January 2008 was his first to Israel.

She spoke for more than an hour at the retirement home, addressing a wide range of issues, including healthcare, immigration and stem cell research.

Chelsea Clinton is making her first independent appearances since being asked earlier this week about the Monica Lewinsky scandal at a college town hall meeting. She will attend several events in the Philadelphia area Thursday and will speak in Allentown and Bethlehem on Friday.

*** UPDATE *** She just made the same comments about President Bush's Middle East travel while speaking at West Chester University.