Tuesday, February 03, 2009



One of the sweetest love stories of our time—no matter how you may feel

about George Bush as President. Enjoy!

Anniversary Tribute to George & Laura Bush 11/5/08

A loving tribute to George and Laura Bush on their 31st Anniversary!
November 5, 2008.

Who could have predicted that when Joe and Jan O'Neill invited

their two single friends, George Walker Bush and Laura Lane Welch

to a backyard barbecue in the summer of 1977 their efforts at

matchmaking would end up making history? Who would have known

the couple would not only be attracted to each other, but that sparks

would fly and ignite so quickly into flames, that they would marry in

a mere three months? And who could ever have imagined that eventually

God would lead this same young couple to become the President and

First Lady of the greatest country on earth.



George W. was admittedly "smitten" by the lovely young Laura. He said that

she was "gorgeous, good-humored, quick to laugh, down-to-earth, and very

smart." Laura thought that young George was "kind of cute, and funny" and

liked how he made her laugh. Though they were opposites in personality--he

outgoing and sometimes outrageous, athletic and from a boisterous, energetic

family, and she a calm, quiet and thoughtful reader, and beloved only

child--they found they shared the same beliefs and values--"West Texas"

values of an individual's worth and of personal responsibility. They

discovered they had common interests--they both loved to read and spend

time with friends. They fell so quickly in love that they married on

November 5, 1977. According to Laura,” It was a small wedding, just

about 75 people. It was in the church I'd been baptized in as a baby.

So it was really a wonderful way to start a new marriage."


That was thirty-one years ago, and we are here to celebrate the 31st

anniversary of a most amazing couple--George and Laura Bush!

Their marriage began with a honeymoon in Mexico, followed by a congressional campaign trip throughout Texas. It wasn't politically successful, but both have said it was a good way to start their marriage because they got to spend every minute with each other and loved it. Rumor is, they still do!

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After years of trying to have the family they so desired, the Bushes

became proud parents in November 1981, of lovely twin daughters,

Jenna and Barbara, both named after their grandmothers. The family

was deeply involved in church and community and in developing loving

relationships with each other that have stood the test of time...through

difficulties and triumphs, through a not too successful oil exploration

venture, a very successful Texas Rangers baseball team, the Governorship

of Texas, long and difficult campaigns, and finally to the White House

as President, First Lady, and beautiful, mature and gracious first daughters

of the United States of America.

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The story of George and Laura Bush is a wonderful love story.....a song of

delight and passion, humor and fidelity, steadfastness and grace. The

President has said, "I saw an elegant beautiful woman who turned out not

only to be elegant and beautiful, but very smart and willing to put up with

my rough edges, and I must confess has smoothed them off over time."

There really aren't that many couples who after 30 years display so openly

their deep affection for one another--in their embraces, kisses, whispers,

playful pats from well-placed hands, touches, and looks that could melt the

coldest heart. When they are together, they can be alone in a room full of

people. They have allowed us to observe their love and to love them even

more because of their adoration for each other, and even at times to be

"twitter pated" and inspired by what we see in them...the intimacy, the trust,

and even the passion of mature love.



The expressions on the President's face tell the story!




One can easily see how much fun they have together and how much they enjoy

each other's company. The delightful interaction between them can erupt at

any moment in time, and the joy of the Lord and enjoyment of each other

radiates in their faces.




.Observers have noted that when Laura walks into a room, her husband is

visibly calmed, while she has said that he has brought excitement into her life.

But above all, they provide for each other comfort and refuge in times of need.

Laura has said, "We have a very sustaining relationship. It's always been that

way and we're lucky to have that relationship." George has said, "Laura brings

me great comfort. It's very helpful to know that in this wonderful job, that I am

not alone." And, "My wife is a rock." We can tell, Mr. President!



The President, ever more effusive in his manner, has declared what we have

all come to understand: "Laura is a beautiful person, inside and out." She is

to him, "mi esposa...mi amore"... my wife, my love, and "the great love of my

life." And in moments when she needed assurance and encouragement, he

has been known to say, "You look beautiful, babe!" What a gift it is to the

leader of the free world to have a woman by his side who has covenanted

to be with him always in love and support! Laura has observed that in politics

you have many enemies, so it's better if it's not your spouse. It's not difficult

to see that these two are not enemies! In a rare unguarded moment when asked

about the President's appearance, Laura expressed that "After nearly 30 years

of marriage, I still think the President is the most handsome man I know."



There is no obligatory political handholding between them...it is the handholding

of lovers; of two people who communicate that love through touch. Even the

kisses on campaign stages can be filled with passion, and the embraces intense

and electric.

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And, oh, the joy of seeing them holding each other close as they danced

at the Inaugural Balls, sometimes gazing lovingly, sometimes teasing, but

always enjoying the magical moment together!




What a blessing it has been for the past six years to observe this exemplary

relationship! It is so extraordinary and exciting, yet so normal...just like us,

but not. This marvelous couple has been subjected to some of the ugliest

abuse in the country's history -- false and vile rumors and unmitigated

hatred -- and yet they have endured with an abiding peace and joy. They

have endured through the grace of God, through Jesus Christ, and because

of their faith and prayer--and the prayers of people all around the world

who understand what a blessing God has given us in these two. They have

endured because of the love of family...including those two lovely young

ladies they brought up in faith and love...and the love of millions of Americans

who see who they really are.


President and Mrs. Bush...
In January 2009, the millions of us who love you will grieve that you will

be leaving the public's view, but we will rejoice with you that you will

finally be able to be truly refreshed and renewed as you spend time at

your beloved, peaceful Prairie Chapel Ranch, where you can take long,

hand-holding walks around the ranch, talk endlessly with your very best

friend, take romantic rides in your pickup truck (and maybe not have a

Secret Service agent close enough to know what you're doing!),and enjoy

the scenic Texas view from your "favorite room" with its presidentially

mandated king-sized bed!


Keep it HOT!

Or you can enjoy your new home in Dallas as you begin your private life

together again. There you can go to bed early, as you are wont to do,

without having the very weight of the world on your shoulders, and just

savor the company of the beloved mate whom God has graciously and

lovingly given to you. How blessed you are...and how blessed we have been

to have you leading us and providing such a wonderful example for us all!

We will miss you more than words can say. This country will not fully realize

what you have done for us until you are gone from public view, but some of

us do understand what we have had, and we will mourn what we have lost

when you are gone. We can never fully describe what you have meant to us,

but know that we admire and respect you in a way that is inexpressible and

rare. You have blessed and enriched our lives, and we will be forever thankful

to God for loaning you to us for these past eight years.

Happy 31st Anniversary, President and Mrs. Bush!



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