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Last Updated: Friday, 2 April, 2004, 14:14 GMT 15:14 UK
Yawning boy 'backs Bush for president'
Tyler Crotty yawns as President Bush speaks
The teenager is said to be a strong supporter of the president
A teenage boy caught on TV yawning behind President Bush as he delivered a speech has come out in favour of the president in the upcoming elections.

Tyler Crotty, 13, repeatedly checked his watch and seemed to fall asleep on his feet as Mr Bush addressed a rally in Orlando, Florida, last month.

A clip of the "yawning boy" appeared on the David Letterman show on Monday and has turned him into a media star.

But now the White House is in charge of press access to the boy.

Tyler is due to appear in person on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman on Friday night.

"He's a young person who strongly supports the president and is excited about getting a chance to talk about it," White House assistant press secretary Reed Dickens told The Washington Post.

Tyler Crotty listens to President Bush
Mr Crotty said his son did not get much sleep the night before

'Tired'

Tyler's father Richard is a major Bush fundraiser and the chairman of Orange County.

He was appointed by Mr Bush's brother, Florida governor Jeb Bush.

Tyler thinks his new-found fame is "fun", Mr Crotty told the Associated Press.

Rather than bored by the president, he was just tired, he added.

On the night before the rally, his son was so excited about seeing the president, he had trouble sleeping but still had to wake up at 6.30am to get to the event on time.

"He was probably on stage for a minimum of three hours, including the speech," Mr Crotty said.

"And a 12-year-old gets fidgety and looks at his watch and yawns and carries on after three hours in the same seat."

Mr Crotty was concerned his son might be subjected to teasing after the clip was shown on television.

"But it's turned not that way at all. In fact, it's the opposite - adults think it's hysterical, and the kids are amused that their friend is on TV," he said.


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