Bush interrupted by ad for musical

NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A New York TV station says it was just coincidence a speech by President George W. Bush about the economy was overlapped by an ad with a timely literary phrase.

Bush's speech Saturday was interrupted on WNBC-TV by a commercial for the Broadway musical "A Tale of Two Cities," the New York Daily News reported.


"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," the commercial said, showing the blade of a guillotine slamming down.

The phrase is the well known opening line of Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" -- an epic story set against the French Revolution depicting the wide gap between the super rich and the growing number of poor people.

After several seconds, WNBC's picture reverted to Bush, with the station later saying the incredible timing was a coincidence.

"We fixed the problem quickly and apologize for the error," WNBC said in a release.

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