Skip to comments.A Month in the life of George W. Bush (News and photos) July 2009
Posted on 07/01/2009 4:10:49 PM PDT by snugs
July 2009 sees nearly 6 months since George W Bush entered private life and as we have done in previously monthly threads I have collated photos from the month we are in from previous years.
Tonight I will post July 2001 and July 2002 photos and then over the next few days post 2003 and 2004 photos.
I have also found some photos from this June which I will also post in the next few days starting with one of them as the photo of the month.
Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Thank you all for coming. Laura and I are so honored to welcome leaders from five of the largest service organizations in our country -- the Lions, Rotarians, Optimists, Kiwanis, Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
First, thank you all for coming and thank you for your service to the country. We've had a discussion that will really help change the country, I think, and that is all five organizations have agreed to join in urging their members to mentor a child.
We've set a goal amongst us to recruit 1 million mentors to provide love and comfort to the children around America. I can't think of a more noble goal for the organizations here. So I want to thank you all very much for your commitment to America, for your love of the country. Please thank your members for their commitment, as well.
For others around the country who are wondering how best to help a neighbor in need, I strongly urge them to think about joining one of these service clubs, a club whose sole existence is to help make America a better place. And so, I know there are some in our country that say what can I do to help. Well, here is five good opportunities.
One of the things you do when you run for office, you get to go to service club lunches all around our country. (Laughter.) And I will tell you, some of the most meaningful lunches as a gubernatorial candidate, for example, in Texas was at service clubs in rural Texas or in urban Texas. I was able to meet a lot of really good, fine folks.
America is strong because of our people. America is strong because of the compassion of our citizens. And I believe we can meet the goal of a million mentors, so that everybody in America feels the great promise of our country and so that not one child is left behind.
One of the reasons I picked this quote was because one of our dearest and sadly late host Gretchen mentored children and recently I have had the privilege to contact a friend of hers again and be reminded of her great heart and legacy.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Former President George W. Bush, left, is presented with a team jersey by Texas Rangers owner Thomas Hicks during a ceremony before the a baseball game between the Rangers and the Houston Astros in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, June 18, 2009. The owner's suite at the ballpark was renamed for the former president
wow, he looks so relaxed and happy. He sure deserves it.
Let’s see, uh, 5minutes, 4 minutes, 3....anytime now, the boring Bush Bashers should arrive.HA!
President Bush and Laura Bush meet with leaders of service organizations at the White House Monday, July 2, 2001. WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY ERIC DRAPER
President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush greet visitors at the Jefferson Memorial. Monday, July 2, 2001
President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush visit Desiree and Stephen Sayle at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital July 3, 2001. Mrs. Sayle, who is the First Lady's Director of Correspondence, recently gave birth to her second daughter, Vivienne. White House photo by Eric Draper.
White House Photo of President Bush and President Putin Phone Call. July 6, 2001
While addressing the upcoming patients' bill of rights legislation, President Bush gets a little practice signing his name while meeting patients at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax, VA, July 9, 2001. "I want a bill that honors patients, not trial lawyers," said the President during his remarks at the hospital. White House photo by Paul Morse.
Rag away but I really miss President Bush.
"We're a diverse country, and getting more diverse," said President Bush in his remarks at Ellis Island during a large swearing in ceremony for new citizens July 10, 2001. "And these virtues are what keeps this great country together. Believing in them and living by them, this great land will always be united." White House photo by Eric Draper.
Thanks snugs....Just in time...Need the break!
At the rate things are going, Obama may even make me miss Jimmy Carter.
Remarks by the President in Acceptance of Bust of Winston Churchill
The Oval Office
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Mr. Ambassador.
I think I casually mentioned to the Ambassador, right after my swearing-in, that I lamented the fact that there was not a proper bust of Winston Churchill for me to put in the Oval Office. He's a man of great action, because here sits a bust on loan from Her Majesty's government, that I accept gratefully; and will place right here, where the flowers are, beneath one of my favorite West Texas paintings. I accept gratefully and I look forward to looking at Sir Winston on a daily basis.
People said, why would you be interested in having the bust of an Englishman in your Oval Office. And the answer is because he was one of the great leaders in the 20th century. He was an enormous personality. He stood on principle. He was a man of great courage. He knew what he believed. And he really kind of went after it in a way that seemed like a Texan to me: he wasn't afraid of public opinion polls; he wasn't afraid of -- he didn't need focus groups to tell him what was right. He charged ahead, and the world is better for it.
He also had a great sense of humor. There have been a lot of Churchill stories, some of which you can repeat on TV, some of which you can't, Mr. Ambassador. One that came to mind was after he lost office in the election in 1945, King George VI offered him the Order of the Garter. And here is what he said. "I could hardly accept His Majesty's offer of the Garter, when his people have given me the order of the boot." (Laughter.)
Churchill reminds me of two things -- one, we need more humor in the public arena. He had a great wit. He had a fantastic way of making people smile and laugh. And secondly, he reminds me of the importance of our relationship, the relationship between Great Britain and America.
President Bush drapes the Congressional Medal of Honor on Ed Freeman of Boise, Idaho, in the East Room at the White House Monday, July 16, 2001. Mr. Freeman was awarded the honor for his actions in 1965 when, as a helicopter pilot during, he flew through gunfire more than 20 times during a single, ferocious battle, bringing supplies to a trapped batallion and flying more than 70 wounded soldiers to safety. White House photo by Paul Morse.
President Bush meets with a roundtable of journalists from Europe at the Worldbank Headquarters in Washington, D.C., July 17, 2001, to discuss his current trip there this week. White House photo by Moreen Ishikawa.
President reviews the guard during his visit to Buckingham Palace July 19, 2001. White House photo by Paul Morse
Welcomed by leaders both tall and small, President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush visit the reading room at the British Museum July 19, 2001. White House photo by Eric Draper
British Prime Minister Tony Blair welcomes President Bush to Chequers in Halton, England, July 19, 2001. Like Camp David, which Mr. Blair visited in February, Chequers is a private residence for the Prime Minister where the two leaders can talk privately. "I think it is yet another example of the strength of the relationship between our two countries. It is a very strong relationship, a very special one," said Mr. Blair during a press conference where he welcomed President Bush. White House photo by Eric Draper.
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