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News - December 3, 2010

Around Town

FACE OFF ... A college dropout with a reputation for brains and an Ivy League graduate known for folksiness collided at Facebook's headquarters this week, when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and former President George W. Bush took part in a question-and-answer session to promote Bush's new memoir, "Decision Points." Though the meeting focused largely on the book, the 43rd president was also subject to some light ribbing from the Silicon Valley crowd. Bush's folksy smile temporarily faded when he was asked about the Dallas Cowboys, who have a surprisingly dismal 3-8 record, and the Texas Rangers, who lost to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series in early November. Bush acknowledged that as a Cowboys fan, he is "disappointed" but declined to name his favorite Giants player. "Their pitching was awesome," Bush said. "I was surprised they beat us." Bush also gave Zuckerberg props for founding the social-media giant and compared it to his own decision to run for president. "You seized the moment here at Facebook, and I congratulate you for it," Bush told Zuckerberg. "The question is not whether you'll be dealt a hand but how you play it. I played it as well as I thought it could be played."

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