Former President George W. Bush arrives at a welcome home rally of about 30,000 people, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 in Midland, Texas.
(AP Photo/Donna McWilliam) (here)
For the video (which I couldn't embed) go to Little Green Footballs here.
AND, there is more:
January 22, 2009
Troops Bid Bush Farewell at Andrews Air Force Base
Donna Miles, American Forces Press ServiceThe U.S. military bid farewell today to the outgoing commander in chief during a stirring and emotional departure ceremony in which he called leading men and women in uniform the highlight of his presidency.A joint service honor guard, military band and about 4,000 cheering, flag-waving fans greeted former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush as they arrived here from what’s been called “the ultimate change of command ceremony.”The participants -- former staffers, invited guests and service members and their families -- waited inside the 316th Airlift Wing’s Hangar Six to hail the president and former Vice President Dick Cheney. They watched the inaugural ceremonies on a jumbotron screen suspended from the hangar ceiling, then waited with anticipation as Bush lifted off from the Capitol grounds aboard the Marine Corps VH-60 helicopter referred to as “Executive One.”The crowd roared as the former president and vice president made their dramatic entrance into the hangar. The rousing sounds of the “Air Force One” movie theme rung out as the huge hangar slowly opened, revealing the huge blue-and-white aircraft glistening in the sunlight.Children climbed onto their parents’ shoulders to catch a better glimpse, and spectators hoisted cameras high to capture the moment in history.Bush admitted that he wasn’t sure how he would feel passing the presidency to the next administration, but declared, “I am thankful, I am grateful and I am joyful!”“I’ve had a lot of great experiences,” as president, he told the group, but said none has been better than leading military members who have volunteered to serve the country in a time of danger. Bush said he’ll miss being commander in chief and being able to stand in front of the troops to tell them “how much we respect you and how much we admire you.”Bush said he’ll leave the presidency with his “head held high,” confident that he took the right course in difficult times. Historians will sort out his time in office, he said, expressing belief that they’ll note “we did not shirk our duty, we did not shy away” from difficult decisions and that “we served with conviction.”...
Go - now - and read the rest here. Can we say: "R.E.S.P.E.C.T"????????
This one is for you, Sylvia!