NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 16) - The Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines, who told a London audience earlier this week that she was ``ashamed'' of President Bush, said Friday she's sorry for her comment.
``As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful,'' the singer said in a statement. ``I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect.''
The Dixie Chicks, who are from Texas, are on a European tour. While in London, Maines told the audience, ``Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.''
Angry phone calls flooded a Nashville radio station on Thursday, some calling for a boycott of the trio's music. Two Dallas stations stopped playing the group's music because of Maines' comments.
The popular group won three Grammys last month for their multi-platinum disc ``Home.'' They have the No. 1 country song with ``Travelin' Soldier,'' about a soldier in Vietnam.
On Friday, Maines said the group is ``witnessing a huge anti-American sentiment as a result of the perceived rush to war'' while on tour in Europe.
``While war may remain a viable option, as a mother, I just want to see every possible alternative exhausted before children and American soldiers' lives are lost,'' she said. ``I love my country. I am a proud American.''
Maines' contrite statement is in contrast to her comments on Thursday, when she said: ``I feel the president is ignoring the opinion of many in the U.S. and alienating the rest of the world. My comments were made in frustration, and one of the privileges of being an American is you are free to voice your own point of view.''
The Dixie Chicks will kick off a U.S. tour on May 1 in Greenville, S.C. The group's other hits include ``Wide Open Spaces,'' ``Ready to Run'' and ``Landslide.''
I like the Dixie Chicks. I like when women can assert themselves and be sassy without being a raving bitch, clawing at the eyes of everything. This whole thing is nothing more than her record label & manager coming back and saying "You're gonna cost us a lot of money in sales there, Galileo..." Recanting is for quitters!