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George and Laura - A 25th Anniversary Tribute
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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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George and Laura's anniversary is tomorrow, but with the election coverage, the thread was moved to this evening.
1 posted on 11/04/2002 5:36:06 PM PST by rintense
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To: mombonn; ejo; Fiddlstix; lawgirl; Teacup; Miss Marple; Wait4Truth; TruthNtegrity; TXBubba; ...
PING!

Anniversary thread tribute! This will replace the daily dose and today's pics will be posted tomorrow...

2 posted on 11/04/2002 5:36:44 PM PST by rintense
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To: rintense; A Citizen Reporter; ABG(anybody but Gore); acnielsen guy; Angelwood; arazitjh; ...
PING for our Anniversary Tribute!!
3 posted on 11/04/2002 5:38:40 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: rintense; Dog
Happy Anniversary President Bush and First Lady Laura!!!!!
4 posted on 11/04/2002 5:39:51 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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To: rintense
Too Cool! I think Im gonna give my Wife a Hug!
5 posted on 11/04/2002 5:40:30 PM PST by cmsgop
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To: rintense
My, Laura and I have the same middle name and I didn't even know it til I read this article! And I've also been married the silver 25...thanks for the feature, rintense...
6 posted on 11/04/2002 5:41:06 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: rintense
Thanks for the pictures! They are such a wonderful couple.
Happy Anniversary President and Mrs. Bush!!!
7 posted on 11/04/2002 5:41:44 PM PST by inflorida
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To: rintense

8 posted on 11/04/2002 5:42:15 PM PST by Howlin
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To: cmsgop; ohioWfan
OWF wrote it!!! Give her the kudos!
9 posted on 11/04/2002 5:42:54 PM PST by rintense
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To: rintense; ohioWfan
This is an absolutely beautiful tribute! Thank you so much.
10 posted on 11/04/2002 5:43:20 PM PST by McLynnan
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To: ohioWfan
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!
11 posted on 11/04/2002 5:43:44 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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To: cmsgop
"I think Im gonna give my Wife a Hug!"

What a good idea. The Bush marriage does make one think that way. Nice. I like the capital "H".

12 posted on 11/04/2002 5:44:10 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: Howlin

13 posted on 11/04/2002 5:44:14 PM PST by Howlin
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To: rintense; cmsgop; McLynnan
A true collaboration! And it was a pleasure!!
14 posted on 11/04/2002 5:44:46 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: hoosiermama

Hoosiermama!!!
Hey, you share a birthday with Laura Bush! Cool!

15 posted on 11/04/2002 5:45:25 PM PST by mtngrl@vrwc
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To: ohioWfan
Beautiful post!
16 posted on 11/04/2002 5:45:46 PM PST by txrangerette
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To: Howlin

17 posted on 11/04/2002 5:45:56 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Brad's Gramma
Like it, BG? :o)
18 posted on 11/04/2002 5:46:23 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: ohioWfan; rintense
You two work well together -- very impressive. I'm scrolling up and down enjoying the words and pictures over and over again with a big smile on my face. Thanks again.
19 posted on 11/04/2002 5:47:05 PM PST by McLynnan
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To: Howlin

20 posted on 11/04/2002 5:47:46 PM PST by Howlin
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To: rintense
What a wonderful idea. Isn't today Laura's birthday as well ? :)

Top 20 ?

21 posted on 11/04/2002 5:47:53 PM PST by Darlin'
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To: rintense; ohioWfan; Wphile; lawgirl; marylina; patriciaruth
My favorite picture....

The LOOK OF LOVE!

Happy Birthday Laura and Happy Anniversary, George & Laura!


22 posted on 11/04/2002 5:48:17 PM PST by JulieRNR21
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To: rintense
What a gracious lady Laura is. We are so blessed to have a man in the presidency who adores his wife and is brave enough to do what is needed to protect our country. After 8 years of anger at what we had in the White House, I am so pleased now. Thanks for all the pics and tributes you do.
23 posted on 11/04/2002 5:48:40 PM PST by LBGA
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To: ohioWfan; rintense
I absolutely love it. You both did such a nice job.

24 posted on 11/04/2002 5:48:45 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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To: Bahbah
The Bush marriage does make one think that way

Oh, it sure does Bahbah! They make us think very pleasant thoughts about our spouses!

25 posted on 11/04/2002 5:49:24 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: ohioWfan
Great job, Ohio - just beautiful. You are one super BushBabe and a great writer. You make FR proud.

Thanks so much for this lovely tribute. With all of the nastiness in this last week of elections, this is a bright spot that again illustrates what is really important in life.

God Bless our lovely First Couple.

26 posted on 11/04/2002 5:49:39 PM PST by gramho12
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To: txrangerette
Thanks rangerette! Beautiful couple!!
27 posted on 11/04/2002 5:50:24 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: rintense; ohioWfan
Thank-you, oWf for the ping! This display of love cannot be faked. It is so refreshing to witness the First Couple together. They are truly role models for the US.

Happy Anniversary to the First Couple. May God continue to bless you both abundantly, and in so doing, He blesses the rest of us!
28 posted on 11/04/2002 5:51:40 PM PST by dansangel
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To: rintense
oh wow - a smile and a tear ...
29 posted on 11/04/2002 5:52:03 PM PST by ThePythonicCow
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To: rintense
FABULOUS tribute!!!!
30 posted on 11/04/2002 5:52:26 PM PST by ValerieUSA
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To: gramho12
Thanks gramho! This election has made me think about what George W. and Laura said about the election in 2000......if they won it would be great, but if they lost they would still have each other and the love they share!

It puts perspective on everything else to have what they have together.

31 posted on 11/04/2002 5:52:34 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: ohioWfan
Did you write part or all of this? It's a beautiful tribute.
32 posted on 11/04/2002 5:53:34 PM PST by WVNan
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To: rintense
"Once in a while in life, it really does happen. Once in a while romance and reality meet head on, sparks fly,... smitten ... ‘gorgeous, good-humored, quick to laugh, down-to-earth, and very smart.’ ‘kind of cute, and funny,’ and liked how he made her laugh. .."

Yes, sometimes it happens just that way. :)

33 posted on 11/04/2002 5:53:52 PM PST by Darlin'
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To: rintense
Oh Rintense. I had so been looking forward to this, and it is even better than I expected it to be. Thanks so much for honoring the First Couple on the Eve of their anniversary. You are the best RWP!

God Bless George and Laura Bush!
34 posted on 11/04/2002 5:53:56 PM PST by ladyinred
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To: WVNan
All of it.
35 posted on 11/04/2002 5:54:07 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: All
Due to overwhelming requests, I will be posting the daily dose later this evening... for now, enjoy OWF's beautiful tribute.
36 posted on 11/04/2002 5:54:29 PM PST by rintense
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To: rintense
Thanks for this on election eve night!
37 posted on 11/04/2002 5:57:04 PM PST by PhiKapMom
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Thanks for the pictures Julie and Howlin!

I love all of them!!

38 posted on 11/04/2002 5:57:32 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: ohioWfan; rintense
What a wonderful tribute! Had to get the kleenex out.
39 posted on 11/04/2002 5:57:57 PM PST by chnsmok
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To: ladyinred
Thanks, but I just did the layout. OWF wrote this beautiful piece.
40 posted on 11/04/2002 5:58:32 PM PST by rintense
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To: Darlin'
Yes, sometimes it happens just that way. :)

And don't you love it when it does, Darlin'?! :o)

41 posted on 11/04/2002 5:58:43 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: ohioWfan
So right, ohio. And belated congrats
on your AMAZING day in WV with Eric,
Nan & the ever amazing Texan(ahem!)--
President George W. Bush!

BTW, any word from lawgirl???
42 posted on 11/04/2002 5:58:46 PM PST by txrangerette
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To: rintense; ohioWfan
You ladies done real good.

To get through the destruction of 9/11/01 we needed the strength of this couple. Thank you Lord and Happy Aniversary to the President and his First Lady.


43 posted on 11/04/2002 5:59:20 PM PST by swheats
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To: chnsmok; ThePythonicCow
Had to get the kleenex out.

You two should share tissues! :o)

Thanks!

44 posted on 11/04/2002 6:00:05 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: swheats
Oh, swheats!! I love those pictures side by side!! Thank you!
45 posted on 11/04/2002 6:01:26 PM PST by ohioWfan
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Wow...this is truly beautiful. Thanks so much for doing this.

I hope the President and Mrs. Bush see this!
46 posted on 11/04/2002 6:01:30 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: ohioWfan
I'm impressed. You must have worked on that for a day or two. They are drawn to each other like magnets. I love seeing pictures of them together. Don't we wish Laura had been with him Thursday? Well.....maybe you don't wish that (g).
47 posted on 11/04/2002 6:01:49 PM PST by WVNan
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To: ohioWfan
Gosh, doesn't Nov-Dec 2000 seem so long ago - so much has happened. And through it all, these two towers of strength have really been through so many trials by fire. They have stayed true to their faith and each other, a tremendous feat itself in the cynical and vicious area of politics. What a breath of fresh air!
48 posted on 11/04/2002 6:02:37 PM PST by gramho12
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I haven't heard a word from lawgirl! I can't wait to hear her experience today!!
49 posted on 11/04/2002 6:02:38 PM PST by ohioWfan
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To: rintense
snif .. snif ... you forgot to ping me .. that's ok .. I'll survive .. hehe

Gosh what a Lovely Couple

50 posted on 11/04/2002 6:03:07 PM PST by Mo1
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