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George W. Bush makes surprise visit to U.S. troops

Republican President George W Bush and Laura Bush visit US reoops at the USO at Dallas Forth Worth airport 8-11-10

Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, made a surprise visit to U.S. troops this afternoon.

They showed up at the USO in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. There they mingled with the returning soldiers, thanked them, chatted and posed for photos as proof of the unexpected encounter for folks back home.

The USO just posted an assortment of the photos on its Facebook page, which quickly drew a growing list of appreciative comments.

"What an AWESOME moment," Robert Rowe wrote. "If anyone can't see the President and First Lady's love for our nations troops, they must be dead or blind. May God Bless them ALL !" Richard Cruz wrote: "The look on that kid's face says it all...."

And Shirley Lovely Fry added: "A President and First Lady who love their country and their country's military."

Republican president George W Bush and wife Laura visit US troops at the Dallas Forth Airport 8-11-10

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Former Republican president George W Bush jokes with a female soldier at the USO Dallas Ft Worth Airport 8-11-10

Photos: USO

 
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What is wrong with these troops & some of these comments on here?

They should be arresting Bush, not shaking hands with him. George Bush violated every amendment in the U.S. Constitution, started wars based on complete lies! and killed tens of thousands maybe more and he gets a happy smile and hand shake?

He's not a Patriot! he has no patriotism! He's a crazy maniac murdering puppet!
I thank him for nothing. Neo Cons are slowing creeping back in and getting cheers, they are NOT Americans, they and the Democrats do more to destroy this country and ZERO to help it.

It's disturbing to see so many people welcome back with open arms and smiles, WAKE UP! Elect REAL PEOPLE to Office!

Obama is finishing what George started. They're all criminals!

Some of you are severely brain damaged! Bush is a Nazi! and so is Obama!

Jackieca: You have got to be kidding. Obama is a joke as a president. He apologizes for the 'arrogance' of America while he tolerates true arrogance from people demonstrating that they are here illegally and demand rights...good god. GWB has always cared about the troops...and his country. Obama should go look for a good ole job in Mexico...the one place where he may be welcomed.

i love george and laura bush, they are true americans and they love our military. we miss you president Bush.

Thank you Mr President. You are a great American. Thank you for taking the time to welcome home the wonderful people who are serving our great country; the greatest country on the planet. God Bless you and Laura. The American's of the heart land truly appreciate you and we appreciate your love for our country and for the men and women who serve. So we only wish you the very best. And Thank you for your service to our great and wonderful country.

I am personally irritated with ignorant individuals who comment on this article stating "Bush is responsible for all of the dead soldiers," or " all those poor people died for nothing." Well let me tell you something everyone who joins the Service does so forth knowing that they may die...that is a risk to our job. We protect and defend every single person in this country and all the things we hold close to our hearts. If we were afraid to die and did not see a purpose to what we were willing to die for we would not have joined the service. It is a privilege to serve our great nation not a right:

I am an American Soldier.

I am a Warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values.

I will always place the mission first.

I will never accept defeat.

I will never quit.

I will never leave a fallen comrade.

I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.

I am an expert and I am a professional.

I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.

I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.

I am an American Soldier.

What an awesome couple and an awesome President....You will always be my hero! God Bless you and Laura!

I miss them both so much, it's great to see them still out there! Such a classy pair!!

THANKS, MR PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY BUSH. SURE DO MISSED YOU TWO IN THE WHITE HOUSE. GOD BLESS YOU BOTH

Love how everybody just LOVES Bush... now that they've finally seen how much greener it really is on the other side of the fence. Morons.

Is this a joke? the very man you have to thank for sending troops over for a trump cause is being praised for "loving America and the lives of American troops?" What a nice spin you put on that one. What a joke! We are finally pulling out of this mess and you PRAISE HIM?!

I don't get it. Go to jail George.

It brings a tear to my eye to see a former commander and chief and first lady greeting the troops. They truly "get it".

I have a son flying for Strategic Air Command. It would be nice to know that people appreciate how hard his job is. Obama would never extend his hand to thank my son.

Way to go Mr. Bush! I am a Navy reservist living in Dallas and would have loved to stop by and shake your hand. By the way, the mission was accomplished: we completely obliterated their armed forces. We were, and still are, fighting guerillas from other regions. They are not soldiers.

Never mind Joe Dimaggio were have you gone Mr. President this country needs you now.

Dear George,

Let me start out by saying that I have been a registered Democrat for over 38 years. Untill the 2000 election I had pretty much voted a straight Democrat ticket my entire life. Please note the reservation because in the year 2000 I decided I didn't trust Al Gore to lead this country. Ditto in 2004 for Kerry. So I voted for you twice. I've never regretted it, not once. When I look upon my country and what the current administration is doing to it I fervently hope that we can survive with America intact. Miss you? That is hardly strong enough.

May God bless America, Obama surely won't.

This person right here from below is a raving lunatic Jackieca have you lost your mind you think that BUSH didnt care about the troops your crazy and that they dont care about him the troops dont cheer for obama the only reason they make a sound is because they have to to show respect for the title of US President,The Military loved BUSH more than any other President and only a dumbass liberal would not see that A thousand troops cheer for obama yea maybe a thousand what about the hundred or so thousands of troops that cheered for BUSH and still do to this day.Thats alright though BUSH will always prevail in the end,obama will never get a second term and come november he will be lucky if he even finishs his first.
GOD BLESS GEORGE W. BUSH AND HIS FAMILY

TO HELL WITH obama AND YOU

It obvious that all bush lovers are racist idiots. Who is their right minds believe that THIS will make Bush a good president? i knew racism could make people stupid. 8 years of Bush's crap have written his presidency in stone and you racist believe visiting troops will erase all that? leave it to racist right to re-write history because they hate having a black man in office.

A good man, a great president, and a great Commander-in-Chief.

We miss him.
THE REASON YOU MISS HIM BECAUSE THAT IS NOT ALL OF THE USA HE KILL THE USA OUR DOLLAR WENT TO 0 STOCK EVERYTHING WENT TO 0 HE NEED TO STAY HID NO FACE IT NOT ALRIGHT JUST BECAUSE THE REP WON.

Sorry, folks. As much as I want to appreciate GW for visiting the troops, I can't get beyond the fact that we never should've been in Iraq. And, you can say Democrats voted to 'go to war' all you want, but we all know that much intelligence was cherry-picked, and Congress was lied to. It's common knowledge.

The fact is that George Bush's war in Iraq killed more civilians than Saddam did. Hundreds of thousands. And better than 3 million Iraqi's became refugees.

The war, and our torture program, escalated the recruitment efforts of AlQaeda and terror rose dramatically.

It was wrong. George Bush should be personally treating returning Veterans every single day, rather than an annual visit.


My four grandsons in the military love this man.

GOD BLESS GEORGE AND LAURA BUSH. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

 
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