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Bush sees US swimmer break record, win gold

Aug. 09, 2008, 11:03 p.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) U.S. President George W. Bush watched as Michael Phelps set a world record and won his first swimming gold medal of the Olympics.

Bush sat at the Water Cube at the Beijing Olympics with his wife Laura, their daughter Barbara, and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, for Sunday morning's finals. The president held up a U.S. flag, drawing cheers from American fans sitting on the other side of the 17,000-seat arena.

Secret Service agents kept curious onlookers away from the president's seating section, while others strained to get photos of America's first family.

Phelps won the 400-meter individual medley a time of 4 minutes, 3.84 seconds.