Tuesday, February 03, 2009
A LOVING TRIBUTE TO GEORGE AND LAURA BUSH AND THEIR LOVE
One of the sweetest love stories of our timeâ€”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,â€ 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.
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, 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!