sent in by Bill Dennis 011909
One of the sweetest love stories of our time—no matter how you may feel about George
Bush as President.  Enjoy!
Anniversary Tribute to George & Laura Bush 11/5/08
A loving tribute to George and Laura Bush on their 31st Anniversary!  November 5,

Who could have predicted that when Joe and Jan O'Neill invited their two single
friends, George Walker Bush and Laura Lane Welch to a backyard barbecue in the
summer of 1977 their efforts at matchmaking would end up making history?  Who
would have known the couple would not only be attracted to each other, but that
would fly and ignite so quickly into flames, that they would marry in a mere three
months? And who could ever have imagined that eventually God would lead this same
young couple to become the President and First Lady of the greatest country on earth.

George W. was admittedly "smitten" by the lovely young Laura.  He said that she was
"gorgeous, good - humored, quick to laugh, down - to - earth, and very smart."  Laura
thought that young George was "kind of cute, and funny" and liked how he made her
laugh.  Though they were opposites in personality—he outgoing and sometimes
outrageous, athletic and from a boisterous, energetic family, and she a calm, quiet and
thoughtful reader, and beloved only child—they found they shared the same beliefs
and values—"West Texas" values of an individual's worth and of personal
responsibility.  They discovered they had common interests—they both loved to read
and spend time with friends.  They fell so quickly in love that they married on
November 5, 1977.  According to Laura,” It was a small wedding, just about 75 people.  
It was in the church I'd been baptized in as a baby.  So it was really a wonderful way to
start a new marriage."

That was thirty - one years ago, and we are here to celebrate the 31st anniversary of a
most amazing couple—George and Laura Bush!

Their marriage began with a honeymoon in Mexico, followed by a congressional
campaign trip throughout Texas.  It wasn't politically successful, but both have said it
was a good way to start their marriage because they got to spend every minute with
each other and loved it.  Rumor is, they still do!

After years of trying to have the family they so desired, the Bushes became proud
parents in November 1981, of lovely twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, both named
after their grandmothers.  The family was deeply involved in church and community
and in developing loving relationships with each other that have stood the test of
time… through difficulties and triumphs, through a not too successful oil exploration
venture, a very successful Texas Rangers baseball team, the Governorship of Texas,
long and difficult campaigns, and finally to the White House as President, First Lady,
and beautiful, mature and gracious first daughters of the United States of America.

The story of George and Laura Bush is a wonderful love story.....a song of delight and
passion, humor and fidelity, steadfastness and grace.  The President has said, "I saw
an elegant beautiful woman who turned out not only to be elegant and beautiful, but
very smart and willing to put up with my rough edges, and I must confess has
smoothed them off over time."
There really aren't that many couples who after 30 years display so openly their deep
affection for one another—in their embraces, kisses, whispers, playful pats from well—
placed hands, touches, and looks that could melt the coldest heart.  When they are
together, they can be alone in a room full of people.  They have allowed us to observe
their love and to love them even more because of their adoration for each other, and
even at times to be "twitter pated" and inspired by what we see in them… the intimacy,
the trust, and even the passion of mature love.

The expressions on the President's face tell the story!

One can easily see how much fun they have together and how much they enjoy each
other's company.  The delightful interaction between them can erupt at any moment in
time, and the joy of the Lord and enjoyment of each other radiates in their faces.

Observers have noted that when Laura walks into a room, her husband is visibly
calmed, while she has said that he has brought excitement into her life.  But above all,
they provide for each other comfort and refuge in times of need.  Laura has said, "We
have a very sustaining relationship.  It's always been that way and we're lucky to have
that relationship."  George has said, "Laura brings me great comfort.  It's very helpful
to know that in this wonderful job, that I am not alone."  And, "My wife is a rock."  We
can tell, Mr. President!

The President, ever more effusive in his manner, has declared what we have all come to
understand:  "Laura is a beautiful person, inside and out."  She is to him, "mi esposa…
mi amore"… my wife, my love, and "the great love of my life."  And in moments when
she needed assurance and encouragement, he has been known to say, "You look
beautiful, babe!"  What a gift it is to the leader of the free world to have a woman by his
side who has covenanted to be with him always in love and support!  Laura has
observed that in politics you have many enemies, so it's better if it's not your spouse.  
It's not difficult to see that these two are not enemies! In a rare unguarded moment
when asked about the President's appearance, Laura expressed that "After nearly 30
years of marriage, I still think the President is the most handsome man I know."

There is no obligatory political handholding between them...it is the handholding of
lovers; of two people who communicate that love through touch.  Even the kisses on
campaign stages can be filled with passion, and the embraces intense and electric.

And, oh, the joy of seeing them holding each other close as they danced at the
Inaugural Balls, sometimes gazing lovingly, sometimes teasing, but always enjoying
the magical moment together!

What a blessing it has been for the past six years to observe this exemplary
relationship!  It is so extraordinary and exciting, yet so normal… just like us, but not.  
This marvelous couple has been subjected to some of the ugliest abuse in the country's
history—false and vile rumors and unmitigated hatred—and yet they have endured
with an abiding peace and joy.  They have endured through the grace of God, through
Jesus Christ, and because of their faith and prayer—and the prayers of people all
around the world who understand what a blessing God has given us in these two.  They
have endured because of the love of family… including those two lovely young ladies
they brought up in faith and love… and the love of millions of Americans who see who
they really are.

President and Mrs. Bush…
In January 2009, the millions of us who love you will grieve that you will be leaving the
public's view, but we will rejoice with you that you will finally be able to be truly
refreshed and renewed as you spend time at your beloved, peaceful Prairie Chapel
Ranch, where you can take long, hand - holding walks around the ranch, talk endlessly
with your very best friend, take romantic rides in your pickup truck (and maybe not
have a Secret Service agent close enough to know what you're doing!), and enjoy the
scenic Texas view from your "favorite room" with its presidentially mandated king -
sized bed!

Keep it HOT!

Or you can enjoy your new home in Dallas as you begin your private life together again.  
There you can go to bed early, as you are wont to do, without having the very weight of
the world on your shoulders, and just savor the company of the beloved mate whom
God has graciously and lovingly given to you.  How blessed you are… and how blessed
we have been to have you leading us and providing such a wonderful example for us all!
We will miss you more than words can say.  This country will not fully realize what you
have done for us until you are gone from public view, but some of us do understand
what we have had, and we will mourn what we have lost when you are gone.  We can
never fully describe what you have meant to us, but know that we admire and respect
you in a way that is inexpressible and rare.  You have blessed and enriched our lives,
and we will be forever thankful to God for loaning you to us for these past eight years.
Happy 31st Anniversary, President and Mrs. Bush!