- The Washington Times - Monday, November 6, 2006

SEATTLE (AP) — A school bus driver fired after she reportedly made an obscene gesture at President Bush has filed a union grievance in an attempt to get her job back.

The 43-year-old driver, whose name was not released, was driving middle school children back to school after a zoo visit on June 16 when the president and Rep. Dave Reichert, Washington Republican, passed slowly in a motorcade.

From the bus, the children waved. With the windows down in their car, Mr. Bush and Mr. Reichert waved back.

That was when the driver made the hand gesture, said Mr. Reichert and Issaquah Superintendent Janet Barry.

“The congressman hadn’t seen it, but the president turned to him and said, ‘That one’s not a fan,’ ” said Reichert spokeswoman Kimberly Cadena.

Mr. Reichert later called Miss Barry to tell her about the incident, but the bus driver already had been fired. District officials learned about the incident after the driver boasted to colleagues about it, Miss Cadena said.

District spokeswoman Sara Niegowski said the driver has filed a wrongful termination grievance through the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

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