A whistle stop campaign tour of the South by our current President George H. W. Bush was something to get wound up about. It was 1992 and my interest in politics had been renewed. The very idea sounded beautiful to me like something right out of a history book. I could already see the red white and blue bunting in my mind's eye and the President's engaging smile. I grabbed my camera and took a friend and her young twin daughters to witness a piece of history. We joined crowds of happy expectant adults and children waving flags to include three marching bands and peppy cheerleaders. Plenty of politicians worked the crowd as the media waited and I watched the secret service watch us. The roar of the train seemed to come the minute I saw a helicopter overhead. The President was traveling through Georgia and the Carolinas. This stop was in the small town of Thomasville, NC. I could hardly believe what I was about to see in this humble town steeped in a legacy of furniture manufacturing. The vision of our very own President George H. W. Bush waving as he appeared in shirt sleeves along with the colorful bunting that flanked the train is one I will always remember. He was the gentleman I knew he would be as well as enthusiastic and warm. With a fist often thrust high in the air he told us that there should be term limits on members of Congress and that character matters. And that he did not waffle. The President said he wished that his wife Barbara could be there with him. We cheered when he arrived and we cheered him as he pulled out of the station. The man was stunning. I was not prepared for how handsome he was. His character was shining through.
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