Bush greets troops at Dallas airport

For the record, I voted for Bush in both elections – not that there was much of a choice. I mean, algore and John “skipper” Kerry – are you kidding? I certainly didn’t agree with Bush on many things and I really began to loathe him in the last couple of years of his presidency. He had gone completely off the rails and I believed that he was bad for the country.

Having said that, I did (and still do) admire one thing about the man. That is his unwavering support for the fine folks in our military services. I spent more than half of my time traveling during 2000 – 2008 and met many military folks during this time – mostly in airports. I always went out of my way to engage them in conversation and to thank them for their service. These are some of the finest young people you will ever meet. After all, they volunteered to risk their lives in some backwater 3rd world sandpit.

According to this story (from the LA Times) the former president and his wife spent some time greeting troops at DFW airport. It was a nice gesture and was greatly appreciated. Whatever you think of the Bushes, this was a classy moment by two people who genuinely respect the military – unlike some others who remain unmentioned. (more photos at the link)

Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, made a surprise visit to U.S. troops this afternoon.

They showed up at the USO in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. There they mingled with the returning soldiers, thanked them, chatted and posed for photos as proof of the unexpected encounter for folks back home.

The USO just posted an assortment of the photos on its Facebook page, which quickly drew a growing list of appreciative comments.

“What an AWESOME moment,” Robert Rowe wrote. “If anyone can’t see the President and First Lady’s love for our nations troops, they must be dead or blind. May God Bless them ALL !” Richard Cruz wrote: “The look on that kid’s face says it all….”

And Shirley Lovely Fry added: “A President and First Lady who love their country and their country’s military.”



2 Responses to “Bush greets troops at Dallas airport”

  1. Agreed. Too bad this kind of thing would never happen with anyone currently in the White House.

  2. a classy move by a classy president and first lady.

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