> Tuesday January 23 11:58 AM ET
> Letter 'W' Goes Missing From White House Keyboards
> WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Call it the strange case of the missing Ws.
> President George W. Bush (news - web sites) has lost his middle
> initial from many computer keyboards at the Old Executive Office
> Building in the White House complex.
> In an apparent prank carried out by departing Clinton
> administration staffers, Bush aides discovered that dozens of
> computer keyboards were missing the ``W'' key.
> Bush aides said on Tuesday that the W was marked out in some
> cases but often the key had been removed -- and sometimes taped
> on top of doorways -- or damaged with the spring broken.
> The new team was studying whether any of the keyboards could be
> salvaged, but it appeared in many cases they would simply have to
> be replaced.
> In the West Wing, the computers seemed not to have been
> vandalized. ``I have my W,'' White House spokesman Ari Fleischer
> Bush made a big deal out of his middle initial during campaign
> rallies, often holding up the middle three fingers of his hand to
> form a W. He is often popularly referred to as ''Dubya.'' Bush's
> middle name is Walker.
> He would joke to crowds that if his Democratic presidential
> rival, Al Gore (news - web sites), was so smart, why did every
> Internet address start with a W. ``And not just one W -- three
> Ws!'' he would exult.
> Bush aides were working to repair or replace the keys.