Elder Bush Makes An Endorsement: Roger Clemens

Members of Congress stopped just short of booing baseball superstar Roger Clemens at Wednesday's hearing in which the pitcher found himself at the center the sport's performance enhancing drug scandal.

But the Texan still has one fan cheering him on -- former president George H.W. Bush.

Clemens testified during the hearing that "a former president" had called him while he was on a hunting outing -- reaching the one time shoe-in for Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame in a deerblind. Clemens said the former president -- who went unnamed in the testimony -- called to commiserate with him and tell Clemens that the accusations were "unbelievable."

Bush's spokesman Jim Appleby confirmed to ABC News the identity of the unnamed former president. He said Bush called his fellow Texan and former Houston Astros pitcher after the accusations were leveled at Clemens.

"President Bush did have a phone conversation with Roger Clemens. They are long time friends and had a private conversation," Appleby said.

He added, "President Bush will not make a statement… and no other details will be offered up as it was a private conversation."

But like so many endorsements this time of the year, it didn't do Clemens much good.

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