“As a concerned American, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful,” Natalie Maines said. “I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect.

“We are currently in Europe and witnessing a huge anti-American sentiment as a result of the perceived rush to war. 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. I love my country. I am a proud American.”

The Dixie Chicks, who are from Texas, are currently 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.”