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WAVES RAVAGE BUSH’S MAINE VACATION HOME

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President Bush will interrupt a trip to the West this weekend to travel to his storm-ravaged vacation home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

"It's not good news," Bush told reporters Thursday.Bush's seaside home on Walker's Point suffered severe damage from high waves that battered the coast and knocked out windows in his house, press secretary Marlin Fitzwater said.

Before a meeting to discuss unemployment benefits with members of Congress, Bush said his misfortunes do not compare with those of Californians whose homes were completely destroyed in recent Oakland fires.

"What I hear doesn't come under the heading of good news, but I don't want to burden everybody with that. Barbara and I are in a fortunate position that we can bounce back," he said.

"It was rather devastating to our family, but when I compare that to the fortunes of others, why, we've got a lot to be grateful for."

The president will travel from Texas back to Washington on Friday night and fly up to Maine on Saturday.

The Bush compound was ravaged, Fitzwater said, citing an eyewitness account from a reporter.