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George and Laura - A 25th Anniversary Tribute,,, | OhioWfan

Posted on 11/04/2002 5:36:05 PM PST by rintense


Once in a while in life, it really does happen. Once in a while romance and reality meet head on, sparks fly, and an eternal flame of love is ignited. In Midland Texas late in the summer of 1977, that is precisely what happened to a certain couple who now live…. not in Texas, but at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and who will be celebrating their 25th anniversary tomorrow.

Twenty five years ago last August a wonderful love story began that continues to this day.

George Walker Bush met Laura Lane Welch at a barbecue given by good friends. It was a set up from the start, but if ever a case of matchmaking succeeded, this was it! George W. was smitten by Laura, who was, to use his words, ‘gorgeous, good-humored, quick to laugh, down-to-earth, and very smart.’ Laura thought George was ‘kind of cute, and funny,’ and liked how he made her laugh. She obviously didn’t play too hard to get, because in a few short months of a self-admitted ‘whirlwind courtship,’ they became husband and wife in a small church ceremony on November 5th, celebrated together with a small group of family and friends.

Their married life began with a honeymoon in Mexico, and a campaign trek through Texas in a Congressional run by the groom which, though it failed, allowed the newlyweds the chance to spend all their time together……and both of them acknowledge that it was a very good way to start their marriage. The following years saw the birth of their twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, involvement in church, school and community, scores of Texas Ranger baseball games, and eventually residence in the Governor’s mansion in Austin, Texas and a tumultuous candidacy and election in 2000 which led them to the White House, as President and First Lady of the United States of America.

Their marriage has not been without difficulty…… none is……but theirs is a covenant marriage, and it’s obvious that the vows they took, and the commitment they made on November 5th were something to be honored, and their relationship something to be valued. Whatever challenges have come, they have worked through them, and when that is done in a marriage, it only strengthens over time. Even now, they nurture their relationship by spending both quantity and quality time with each other, jealously guarding their quiet evenings alone and early bedtime, and enjoying their early morning coffee time together, in spite of their overwhelming schedules and responsibilities.

Laura has said that marrying George Bush added excitement to her life, and their life together has certainly been an adventure, but she most likely never imagined what that union with him would eventually bring, or how important their strong, loving marriage would be in dealing with the heavy realities of their lives in the changed world following September 11, 2001.

George and Laura Bush have been said to exemplify a ‘normal couple’…… regular people with a very real relationship……. but even though they are ‘just like us’ in many ways, they are in other ways quite extraordinary…….. in their strength, devotion and ability to face the world together with uncommon humor and depth. And the circumstances of their lives, as God has led them together, are certainly not in the realm of the ‘normal.’ They have had to deal with pressures and responsibilities far greater than that which most couples face, but they receive an infusion of strength from each other through the depth of their relationship, and the depth of the relationship they share with their Lord.
Dubya and Laura
It has been a difficult year for them, to say the least, but as they walked down the ramp at Ground Zero on September 11 this year, hand clasped in hand, and as they walked among the families of the heroes of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania giving comfort and support, one sensed that their strength increased exponentially because they were not two, but one. They were experiencing a shared sorrow, and were not alone in their grief, as they are not alone in times of joy.

We as a nation have seen them weep together, laugh together, show resolve together, and fight against an unseen foe together. Who can doubt that George W. Bush has been a stronger President and leader because of Laura’s love and support?

Marriage is one of God’s greatest miracles here on earth. It is a mystery in which two people, while remaining independent and individual, become fused into one…….body, soul and spirit. George and Laura Bush are so obviously one. They are both strong, intelligent and capable as individuals, but they are also intertwined into one being……. inseparable partners for eternity.

It is obvious to anyone who watches them that they are just plain crazy about each other. There is an electricity between them rarely seen in such an ‘old’ married couple. They hold hands, they touch, they kiss with a tenderness rarely seen. Sometimes they are alone with each other, even in a room full of people.

They instinctively reach for each other without looking. One observer has noted that the President, who is high energy and sometimes in perpetual motion, is stilled by his wife’s touch. At their first State Dinner with the Foxes, you could see her calming him by gently rubbing her thumb on his hand as they waited for the festivities to begin. There are gentle not-meant-for-public-consumption pats, adoring looks, and words of love spoken about each other.

The President is not the least bit shy in speaking of his affection for his beloved Laura, but sometimes the words are broken by the emotion he feels in talking about her. He has, at a Hispanic event at the White House, called her “mi esposa……mi amore”……… . “my wife……my love.” And he has struggled with emotion in front of a vast audience as he spontaneously called her the ‘great love of my life’

The Christian marriage physician and counselor, Dr. Ed Wheat has written that marital intimacy is a private little kingdom between a married couple and the King of kings, removed from public view……a special world of belonging, where two people find renewal and refreshment in each other’s love. This private kingdom results in security in each other’s love, stability in their lives, and serenity, flowing from a harmony of beliefs, a oneness of goals, and a mutual participation in what is most important to them.

It doesn’t take much study to see the public manifestation of the private ‘kingdom’ of George and Laura Bush……the stability and serenity they both exude is testament to the strength of their marriage. They are best friends……. satisfied, and completed by each other’s love, without the slightest need to look elsewhere to find happiness or fulfillment.

All this is not to say that our President and First Lady are not humans with flaws. It’s entirely possible that they might even be irritated by each other on occasion! But Laura has said that in politics you have many enemies, and it’s better if it’s not your spouse. The teacher in her has to be at least slightly annoyed by some of his verbal missteps and ‘plainspokenness,’ but when, in an interview with Tom Brokaw, the President blamed it on the Texas in him, she looked at her husband, smiled and said, “I do like the Texas! I like the way he says things.”

After 25 years they have learned what’s important, and what should be overlooked. After 25 years of good times, and some bad times, of teasing and tears, of the joys and the stresses of raising their twin daughters together, of times spent relaxing and watching a ball game or waiting on pins and needles for election results, their love has deepened beyond the ability to express………and it radiates from them both. What a wonderful illustration they are giving America of what a marriage can be at its very best, when it truly is as God intended it to be!


May your wonderful “happily ever after” love story continue for at least another 25 years!! Thank you for the example you are giving to our children, teens, young adults, and even to us ‘old folks’ in the dignity, passion, tenderness, grace and love of your God-centered marriage.

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KEYWORDS: anniversary; bush; firstcouple; laura; whatloveis
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To: GretchenEE
This is great news!

Praise God!

141 posted on 11/04/2002 6:44:43 PM PST by Pippin
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To: Pippin
Howdy Pippin. Working on my report. It's gonna be a long one-- even longer than OWF's I think!
142 posted on 11/04/2002 6:44:45 PM PST by lawgirl
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To: Inspectorette
Like coming out of a dank, dark cave into glorious light!

It's been two years, and I'm still just as ecstatic that they're in the White House!!

143 posted on 11/04/2002 6:45:50 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: lawgirl
I'm looking forward to seeing it! :^)
144 posted on 11/04/2002 6:45:58 PM PST by Pippin
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To: Pippin
Hi Pippin!!!! You doing ok?
145 posted on 11/04/2002 6:47:16 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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To: ohioWfan; rintense; All
What a beautiful tribute to our wonderful First Couple. The pictures are great. As our W would say," Good Job, OhioWFan and Rintense".
146 posted on 11/04/2002 6:47:57 PM PST by baseballmom
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To: ohioWfan
Thank you for the ping, excuse me while I bawl . . .
147 posted on 11/04/2002 6:48:00 PM PST by mamaduck
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To: rintense; ohioWfan
Bravo! Thanks!!
148 posted on 11/04/2002 6:48:14 PM PST by ReaganRevolution
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To: rintense
149 posted on 11/04/2002 6:48:26 PM PST by RHammm
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To: GretchenEE
He IS the God who hears!

He heard our pleas about the election of 2000, and He is hearing our pleas about this one!

Keep praying, everyone!!

150 posted on 11/04/2002 6:48:33 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: Brad's Gramma
Yep! I'm doing fine, How are you doing? Have you heard from HomeschoolMama lately?
151 posted on 11/04/2002 6:49:29 PM PST by Pippin
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To: ohioWfan
(I have washed my cheek, though! LOL!)

NO WAY!!! You actually washed the President's kiss off your cheek!!? I thought that would be good for at least a month.

152 posted on 11/04/2002 6:49:37 PM PST by WVNan
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To: baseballmom
I can hear him saying it bbmom! Thanks!
153 posted on 11/04/2002 6:49:39 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: Mo1
oh, look! Real People!
154 posted on 11/04/2002 6:50:07 PM PST by mamaduck
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To: Endeavor
What a neat post! Thank you! ..... :-)
155 posted on 11/04/2002 6:50:08 PM PST by kayak
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To: mamaduck
There are people around here with Kleenex. Just ask for some! :o)

Thanks, mamaduck!

156 posted on 11/04/2002 6:51:00 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: WVNan; kayak
Good evening, Kay and Nan!
157 posted on 11/04/2002 6:51:23 PM PST by Pippin
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To: ReaganRevolution
You're welcome RR! Nice couple, eh?
158 posted on 11/04/2002 6:51:43 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: ohioWfan
Well, I just got an "AutoResponse" from the White House, as I thought I would. They probably (cough, cough) get quite a few emails per day, wouldn't you think?????
159 posted on 11/04/2002 6:51:51 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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To: Brad's Gramma
Don't you honestly believe there would be any takers?
Which is my point exactly!
We are very fortunate to have these two impeccable people to hold forth as role models for our children and grandchildren.I know I save the "daily dose" for my granddaughter to see when she comes over every weekend.She's 11,but she knows the difference between the Bushes and Clintons.I can't wait for her to see these pictures and read these beautiful, HONEST, words.Don't worry Grandma..I'm a grandma too.
160 posted on 11/04/2002 6:52:18 PM PST by Alwayswatching
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