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George and Laura - A 25th Anniversary Tribute
babes4bush.com, yahoo.com, netscape.com, whitehouse.gov | 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……..as 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!

HAPPY 25th ANNIVERSARY, PRESIDENT and MRS. BUSH!!

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: Brad's Gramma
Got it - thanks!
101 posted on 11/04/2002 6:24:48 PM PST by gramho12
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To: hoosierpearl
"They have email addresses at the whitehouse.gov website."

Heck, I'd send this to Karl Rove too (email address on WH website)..and the RNC. This tribute is absolutely fantastic!

102 posted on 11/04/2002 6:25:11 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: olliemb; BlueAngel
You're welcome.....but if I'm not mistaken, rintense is working on a Dose for tonight!

Double your pleasure....double your fun!!!

103 posted on 11/04/2002 6:25:28 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: lawgirl
Good evening, LG!
104 posted on 11/04/2002 6:26:11 PM PST by Pippin
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To: ohioWfan
Thanks...I had an interview in May with Katherine, and she's truly amazing, as well
105 posted on 11/04/2002 6:27:45 PM PST by KatherineHarris4Congress
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To: ohioWfan
That is an incredibly moving tribute. Thank you so much for putting your time to this labor of love.
106 posted on 11/04/2002 6:28:59 PM PST by McGavin999
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To: ohioWfan; All
Yep... it's coming. But not until I am done editing a final thesis paper for a nursing student friend of mine.
107 posted on 11/04/2002 6:29:06 PM PST by rintense
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To: ohioWfan
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY PRESIDENT AND MRS. BUSH


108 posted on 11/04/2002 6:29:50 PM PST by WVNan
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To: rintense
rintense, thank you. A Happy Anniversary to our First Couple, and may their love for each other continue to strenghthen and comfort them in their difficult task, and may they continue to serve as an inspiration for us in our own marriages and family relationships.

I love them both so much - Mr. Inspectorette and I pray for them every day.

109 posted on 11/04/2002 6:30:08 PM PST by Inspectorette
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To: WVNan
OK .. one more .. Gosh I love this couple


110 posted on 11/04/2002 6:31:08 PM PST by Mo1
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To: ohioWfan
If you never do another thing in your life..you have still prevailed.What a beautiful,sensitive,insightful piece you did!
I thank you.
Now, is there a Dem out there that would like to put a comparable "couple" piece out....you know..equal time and all that.
So let's see a Bill and Hillary collage....anyone???
111 posted on 11/04/2002 6:31:11 PM PST by Alwayswatching
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To: Pippin
Hey, Pippin! How are you doing?
112 posted on 11/04/2002 6:31:31 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: hoosiermama
Happy Birthday, Hoosiermama!
113 posted on 11/04/2002 6:31:49 PM PST by Pippin
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To: KatherineHarris4Congress
She IS amazing!

I sent her an e-mail of support during that fiasco! What a model of strength and courage she was.....and is! Beautiful lady!

114 posted on 11/04/2002 6:33:27 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: ohioWfan
Hi, Ohio!

I'm doing fine!

Are you back down to earth by now?

115 posted on 11/04/2002 6:33:41 PM PST by Pippin
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To: All
This is absolutely beautiful. Thank you to everyone who played a role in this. Most of all, Happy Anniversary to George and Laura Bush. May they have a wonderful day tomorrow and may they share many more years of happiness!!
116 posted on 11/04/2002 6:33:59 PM PST by clevelandrocks
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To: rintense
Very beautifully written.

Happy Anniversary Mr. President and Mrs. Bush. Saw you today from afar at the St. Louis airport. Just seeing that plane and the motorcade made me especially proud that you two are in the White House. I didn't even mind having my plane late due to the closing of the airport for you. I'm in DC tonight, so I'll turn the lights out for you.

Have a great day tomorrow in Texas.
117 posted on 11/04/2002 6:34:17 PM PST by Endeavor
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To: ohioWfan
Yes, she is a model of strength and courage...definitely...She is so hilarious, as well. She's just so down to earth, and wants people to call her "Katherine" instead of Secretary Harris, or well after tomorrow CONGRESSWOMAN HARRIS!!
118 posted on 11/04/2002 6:35:03 PM PST by KatherineHarris4Congress
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To: rintense; ohioWfan
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.

Dang!! What an incredibly beautiful tribute. Well done, you two. I'm teary-eyed!

119 posted on 11/04/2002 6:35:20 PM PST by Nea Wood
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To: hoosiermama
May you have a very Happy Birthday!!! Best wishes.
120 posted on 11/04/2002 6:35:21 PM PST by olliemb
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To: Alwayswatching
LOL! What a hilarious thought! Perhaps a few pictures of hillary throwing ashtrays at her 'husband.'

There has, IMO, never been a greater contrast between two couples than these two and the icky other ones.

We have gone from the worse-than-ridiculous to the absolute sublime!!

121 posted on 11/04/2002 6:35:21 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: rintense
Isn't Laura's birthday today?
122 posted on 11/04/2002 6:36:00 PM PST by jackbill
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To: McGavin999
Thanks, McGavin.

George and Laura have written the story with their lives and their love!

123 posted on 11/04/2002 6:36:54 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: jackbill
Yep! It's Laura'a 56th birthday.
124 posted on 11/04/2002 6:37:21 PM PST by Pippin
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To: ohioWfan
I wonder what the President got Laura for her birthday and for their anniversary?
125 posted on 11/04/2002 6:38:02 PM PST by clevelandrocks
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To: Pippin
Are you back down to earth by now?

Not even close, Pippin! I'm telling everyone I know, and getting oohs and aahs and jealousy and tears!

(I have washed my cheek, though! LOL!)

126 posted on 11/04/2002 6:38:25 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: jackbill
Yes, today is Laura's 56th birthday. I think there's something about November babies (ha, I'm one myself..9 more days for me!~ Just kidding) and the twins birthday are also this month as well. Laura Bush is the best First Lady Ever...I'm just gonna keep repeating it...and if you haven't read her book..READ IT...it's great!
127 posted on 11/04/2002 6:38:38 PM PST by KatherineHarris4Congress
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To: ohioWfan
OWF - thank you so much. I'm scrambling around for the Kleenex too. They are so wonderful, and we are so blessed after those eight terrible years in the wilderness.
128 posted on 11/04/2002 6:38:59 PM PST by Inspectorette
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To: jackbill
Hey, Neighbor!

What part of Maryland are you in?

I live in Glen Burnie, about 15 miles south of Baltimore.

GO EHRLICH!

129 posted on 11/04/2002 6:39:30 PM PST by Pippin
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To: rintense
Happy Anniversary, Mr. President and Laura!

May God bless you and keep you, both.

130 posted on 11/04/2002 6:39:39 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: Nea Wood
Thanks, Nea! Can you tell that I adore these two people?!

twyn.....Pythonic.....pass the Puffs!

131 posted on 11/04/2002 6:39:39 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: ohioWfan; chnsmok
Nah - I'd be more likely to share some Capt Crunch with her husband ... My kind of food too ... LOL.
132 posted on 11/04/2002 6:39:44 PM PST by ThePythonicCow
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To: Alwayswatching
Oh please no.....don't dirty this thread.

We could do that another time????

133 posted on 11/04/2002 6:39:47 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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To: clevelandrocks
I think we'll find out what he got her, and what they got for each other for their anniversary.

What counts is that tonight and tomorrow, they're at home together on the ranch!

134 posted on 11/04/2002 6:41:40 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: rintense; ohioWfan
Extremely well written! Well-chosen photos, too!

----

I have some awesome news. One of my elderly and very ill neighbors, for whom I and a small group of intercessors have been praying for several years, and talking with about Jesus when we were able, told me tonight that he accepted Jesus as his Savior three weeks ago while he was in the hospital! I cried for joy when he told me. He even showed me, very proudly, the wooden cross on a thin leather strap he wears around his neck. God sent him a Baptist in the hospital ... God bless the Baptists!

I take great heart from this to keep praying for the elections across America tomorrow. He is the God who hears!
135 posted on 11/04/2002 6:41:41 PM PST by GretchenEE
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To: ohioWfan; lawgirl
It must have been such an awesome and exciting experiance to meet such a great man.

Some day I hope to meet Pres. Bush.

I know LawGirl must be on cloud nine by now. :^)

136 posted on 11/04/2002 6:42:08 PM PST by Pippin
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To: ohioWfan; rintense
Beautiful post celebrating a beautiful couple. Thank you!
137 posted on 11/04/2002 6:43:21 PM PST by Faith
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To: ohioWfan
I think the fact that they will be alone on the ranch is a gift in itself for them!!!
138 posted on 11/04/2002 6:43:24 PM PST by clevelandrocks
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To: Brad's Gramma
HOWDY, BG!
139 posted on 11/04/2002 6:43:37 PM PST by Pippin
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To: GretchenEE
Oh GRETCHEN!!!! That is the most WONDERFUL news!!!! That certainly keeps everything in perspective, doesn't it????
140 posted on 11/04/2002 6:44:28 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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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
GREAT JOB!!!
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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