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A visit from former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush

photoFormer President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush signed their books and met hundreds of fans, many of whom started lining up hours ahead of time in the early morning drizzle, today at the Buckhead Borders.

Here is a gallery of photos from the event.

Despite the weather the event started on time and went very smoothly. Security was very tight, and guests went through a metal detector and had their bags searched. (A K-9 detective sniffed over the press early on to make sure we were all OK).

Former President Bush signed his book, “Decision Points,” while Mrs. Bush signed “Spoken From the Heart.” Both chatted amiably with the people who had stood in line yesterday to purchase the books and again this morning to have them signed.

“Good morning! Happy holidays! Good to see you!” Mrs. Bush said as guests filed by to have their books signed.

One woman got choked up at the sight of the former president.

“Aw, come on,” President Bush said. “If you cry, I’ll cry.”

Lisa Craft spent some quality time with the former first couple this morning.

Lisa Craft spent some quality time with the former first couple this morning.

Lisa Craft, an HR consultant from Atlanta, declared as she approached the former first couple, “I’m going to kiss him!”

We found this inadvisable, given all the heat packing the room. But she did!

“Do you see? I kissed them both!” Craft said afterward. “He said, ‘you’re a sweet girl.’”

She didn’t get much face time with the former commander in chief, though.

“There’s so much I wanted to say. I wanted to tell him what a wonderful example he set as a God-fearing man who put the country first,” Craft said. Then inspiration struck. “Do you think they’d let me take a picture with him? I bet you if I asked the president he would say, sure.”

We said that also sounded inadvisable.

“Let’s just try. I tend to get away with a lot,” the crafty Craft said. But we persuaded her to take a photo with a stack of books instead.

Georgia State University marketing instructor Linda Willis said she didn’t mind the frosty wait today and yesterday. Only people who braved yesterday’s cold to buy the books in advance and receive a wristband got in today.

“They shook our hands and spoke. It was a pleasure to meet them,” said Willis, who unlike Craft kept her hands off the former prez and his wife. “Being able to see a president and first lady in person was a privilege. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

151 comments Add your comment

jami

December 16th, 2010
12:36 pm

I wonder how many books were sold at the event?

Chris

December 16th, 2010
12:41 pm

Laura Bush is the picture of class and grace. Too bad they didn’t make it to the suburbs where they would be more appreciated.

Convenient Stereotype

December 16th, 2010
12:41 pm

That’s an amazing level of enthusiasm for a 15 seconds with George W. Bush.

Holden Magroyne

December 16th, 2010
12:44 pm

Did anyone ask him about the mess that he left for Obama to handle? Why would anyone want his book?

gm

December 16th, 2010
12:49 pm

4500, Americans troops dead, 5000 died in Ny on Bush watch, worst depressions since 1929, and you idiots waite in line to treat him like a hero.
What a dumb bunch of idiots in this country.

markie mark

December 16th, 2010
12:51 pm

Holden, your name says it all with regards to your intelligence level. And he inherited a little thing called 9/11 due to the incompetent intelligence cuts by the previous administration…..

NCR

December 16th, 2010
12:55 pm

My prediction is that history will look back rather fondly at the “good old days” of Bush, especially after we get 2 more years of the same crap we’ve had for the last 2 years.

Jimnalph

December 16th, 2010
12:57 pm

Hey Holden M-
If you knew much about the “mess”, you’d know that the “mess” was caused by your dem friends including Barney Frank. If Bush had had more time in office I’m sure he would have gotten in taken care of. Can’t say PresBO has gotten anything fixed yet. As for who would want this book, I think you may not want it but need it as it would make you a more informed person.
And gm, sorry you embarrassed yourself. Maybe you can hang out with Holden.

leep

December 16th, 2010
12:57 pm

I just got back from the signing event and meeting President and Mrs. Bush. I stood in line 3 1/2 hours yesterday to get the wristband and another 2 1/2 hours today to meet them and get the signed books. They are both a prime example of class and character and was happy to wait to meet them. If President Obama ever comes to sign books and meet people, I would probably stand in line to meet him too. After all, there have been less than 50 men that became President in the history of this country and it would be an honor to meet any President – even those that you may not agree with on everything.

Ronnie Reagan

December 16th, 2010
12:58 pm

Great man! Great President! Wish we had a leader like him now!

GG1968

December 16th, 2010
12:59 pm

I never voted for GWB and I wasn’t a “fan” of his while he was in office, but I have to admit I like him a lot more now that he is out of office and would have liked to have had the opportunity to meet him and his wife (who I have always liked).

GG1968

December 16th, 2010
1:01 pm

@Holden – as I said, I have not been his biggest fan in the past, but I bought his book and found it very interesting.

Truth

December 16th, 2010
1:01 pm

The definition of idiot: gm

aBL

December 16th, 2010
1:02 pm

Hey Markie Mark – try to shed your uber conservative, blind loyalty to the right-wing, tea party mantra. Why don’t you go back and review your 401k during the Bush era. Why don’t you go back and review foreign policy/lack thereof during the Bush era. Why don’t you go back and review Bush’s success as a business man prior to fleeing to public office. Other than neat phrases like “evil-doers” and other than choking on a pretzel, he really didn’t give us much to look back and smile upon. You are the same type of guy that was blaming Obama 15 minutes after he took office for Bush’s economy. Unreal.

The Great and Powerful Community Organizer

December 16th, 2010
1:15 pm

gm

December 16th, 2010
12:49 pm
…What a dumb bunch of idiots in this country.”

That is the best explaination yet, as to how I got elected.

Big Jim

December 16th, 2010
1:15 pm

NEWKULER-Word created by GWB. A rich idiots’ way of saying nuclear.

me too

December 16th, 2010
1:16 pm

yes , the Bush’s were and still are a picture of class . Too bad it all went to hell with the current clown family that is in the white house

Jimmuh Carter

December 16th, 2010
1:17 pm

Geez, everyone knows it’s NEWKEYER.

Big Jim

December 16th, 2010
1:18 pm

The Great and Powerful Community Organizer

Shouldn’t Sarah Palin be considered the same thing? Alaska’s part time Governor had as much responsibility as a meter maid. Shouldn’t any part time, half assed individual be considered as such?

Marina

December 16th, 2010
1:20 pm

Watched him on Oprah and he seemed to know what he was talking about which was a complete shock to me! and he had a sense of humor! who knew? -BUT I cannot and will never forget that he put many of our troops in harms way over a stupid, senseless war in Iraq. p.s – I support aBL’s comments! it’s amazing to me how fast we seem to forget how badly this man devastated many aspects our great nation.

Bush was Amazing

December 16th, 2010
1:20 pm

Mr. Bush was a president who knew what needed to be done, in times of emergency, for his country- which he had sworn to protect and to keep it safe.
Besides, this isn’t about who inherited what- it’s about what the person had done in order to keep our country safe.
Obama has proven that he is unfit for the job numerous times, as we saw how his own democratic party was too busy fooling around with monkey business than what was at hand.
There were 4 incidents of a possible bomb threat which only was avoided by the grace of God.
After 9-11, Bush managed to keep from anything happening again.
And, yes this wasn’t something that just came about during Bush’s watch- it had been from years of lack of ethics of the previous administration, who -simply put- could have, should have, but didn’t.

Contractor

December 16th, 2010
1:21 pm

gm,

You are a complete moron. The depressions was caused by your democrat leaders that were supposed to take this country to the promise land but have continued to bury it even deeper into the trenches, and all you can do is try and point the finger at another guy. Bush did spend a lot with the war, but he also stands for what this country is, and that is hard working American’s making this the best place on Earth, while not taking any crap or threats from anyone. Typical of your kind though, instead of manning up and issuing the facts. Go crawl back in your little pity hole and spit your harmless words to the other followers that never have a solution, only negativity.

jami,

You had to buy both books in order to get a wristband to meet W and Miss Laura. I was in line the latter part of yesterday and I would say atleast 4000-5000 copies sold. I missed out by like 5 people, so naturally I was pretty upset that I wouldn’t get to meet the first president I was ever capable of voting for during my first presidential election at 18.

Franco

December 16th, 2010
1:22 pm

Something to ponder: If you wish to take issue with anyone’s record or decision-making, first step up with your personal lifelong record of decisons and let everyone in the world rip it to shreds. After that you are welcome to spew your mindless insults and accusations.

Joe Biden

December 16th, 2010
1:22 pm

Big Jim

Hey! You leave Sarah alone! EVERYBODY knows I’M THE dumbest guy in the room! Teehee…haven’t you heard the crazy things I’ve said??? HAHAHA!
HEY! How bout “I’m SECOND in line to The Presidency!!
Ya jus’ never know what’s goon come out of Ol’ Joe’’s pie-hole!! LOL!!

Bob

December 16th, 2010
1:22 pm

Bush has been out of Office for 2 years now and people are still blaming him for the problems today, pathetic.

Big Jim

December 16th, 2010
1:25 pm

Bob
Bush wasn’t blamed for ANYTHING for the entire 8 YEARS he was drunk driving at the wheel. What kind of dumb ass would forget that?

Contractor

December 16th, 2010
1:26 pm

aBL,

Obama is still the one pointing the finger at George W. Bush, two years after he took office, and four years after the Democrats controlled the House and Senate. Your homeboy in office has only allowed everything to get worse. Take a look at the AJC front page and how unemployment in Georgia has risen above 10%. George W. Bush did not do that. Shall we look at the debt that has doubled under Obama, his lavish vacations every other week, and his Healthcare that only has people in this country ticked off, except the ones leaching off society. It all started with Bill Clinton and the faulty loaning of the banks that he approved of, so please get your story straight. Go look at the statistics and you’ll get a true dose of your own medicine. And try not to choke on your own pretzel, loser.

Big Jim

December 16th, 2010
1:26 pm

The only things that make Obama “unfit” for the job are his skin tone
AND his intelligence.

Joe Biden

December 16th, 2010
1:27 pm

Big Jim<<<<<<SEVERE case…Bush Derangement Syndrome

Big Jim

December 16th, 2010
1:28 pm

Contractor

Watch the “homeboy” references.

Warren

December 16th, 2010
1:28 pm

“Aw, come on,” President Bush said. “If you cry, I’ll cry.”

Mr.Bush, after your presidency, we’re all still crying.

Good Riddens.

Contractor

December 16th, 2010
1:31 pm

Big Jim,

I don’t have to watch anything. I am not meaning that in any racist way, but in the way that everyone elected him because he was the flavor of the week, and the hip MTV and Hollywood choice.

Truth

December 16th, 2010
1:32 pm

Big Jim
You’re 1/2 right..Obama’s unfit for the job because of his so-called intelligence (knows absolutely nothing about creating jobs, called the private sector “the enemy”)and his POLICIES.
His skin color has NOTHING to do with it. If he were greeen or purple his POLICIES would still be wrong.
So much for your race baiting.

T

December 16th, 2010
1:33 pm

Yes, Warren, we’re all still crying because BHO has done a terrible job. Put his socialist agenda ahead of the wants and needs of the country.

Truth

December 16th, 2010
1:33 pm

Warren—what’s a “Riddens”?

Bush was Amazing

December 16th, 2010
1:37 pm

@ Contractor- I agree with you. Bush never took such lavish vacations- nor his wife.
And his home was in good ol’ Texas, not Kenya!
@ Bob- you’re so right- Why is it Obama is still pointing fingers?
He is just pulling himself deeper into a hole-
and no, Big Jim – I am not saying it his only his skin tone and intelligence are what make him unfit.
He could be a very smart man, but he is someone who doesn’t know how to handle the job of Commander – in- Chief, simply because he was inexperienced, he has used this to take many vacations, play many golf games, even basketball games, and so he makes a few gestures during a press conference- does that make him know what he is doing and talking about?
The man has proven time and time again that he has no idea what the heck is he doing to keep this country safe, to rebuild the economy, to protect our citizens, and not only that to keep equality among us either.

barack obama

December 16th, 2010
1:39 pm

well four years of liberal run things have been a total failure

Bush was Amazing

December 16th, 2010
1:40 pm

Mr. Obama- pleased to meet you.
Your comment makes no sense, Sir. (grinning & laughing inside)

me too

December 16th, 2010
1:40 pm

the ones who got Hussein Obama elected dont understand politics anyway

Bush was Amazing

December 16th, 2010
1:41 pm

Like BO here said, liberals running things have been a total failure.

Atlanta1

December 16th, 2010
1:42 pm

I see the class less

Hamad Meander

December 16th, 2010
1:43 pm

Every President is going to be criticized for some decisions. 8 months into Bush’s first term he had to deal with the aftermath of 9/11. The first major attack in the continental US ever in our history. He made sure it didn’t happen again, but I’m not as convinced we are safer under Obama’s administation because they are too busy not offending anyone. Yes, Bush signed too much spending that come out of both Republican and Democrat controlled congresses. All presidents have done that including Reagan. The extent that the current adminstration is spending is going to cost us for the next 20 years.

The thing no one can be critical of GWB is that he sincerely cares about this country and did what he could to make everyone of us safe and secure. He is a good guy that had to make a lot of unpopular decisions. He has admitted when he was wrong too – don’t expect that when we read Obama’s memiors in 2013.

EC

December 16th, 2010
1:44 pm

All these guys(politicians) look at us as tools and you actually debate about it–All these guys go to the same schools,eat and hang together…and you blame parties.Seems to me these people are under qualified based on the results thats been produced.

Bush was Amazing

December 16th, 2010
1:44 pm

One thing we can agree on- that people did elect him for his skin tone, no one really expected him to be intelligent on how to run the country- they didn’t care about that. They were too high with the fact that he was a celebrity, african-(american), and no even cared that his father was a muslim, or that his middle name was Hussein.

Bush was Amazing

December 16th, 2010
1:47 pm

@ Hamad – 9-11 was not the first major attack on America’s soil- We just passed something called Pearl Habor Day. Look it up- and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
That was a major surprise attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor which killed over 2000 soldiers and wounded many others, bringing us into WWII… just a little history there for you.

allen981

December 16th, 2010
1:47 pm

Hey Warren, just what did Mr. Bush get wrong? Iraq? Every nation on earth supported taking Sadaam out, Bush had the guts to do it. And the world is better.

The economy? No president controls economic activity, and the lax regulatory environment that fomented the housing bubble was created by Bubba…er, Bill Clinton, not George Bush.

Keeping us safe? He took on unimaginable challenges at a time when there were real, capable enemies seeking to harm us, and kept them away. (At the time of 9/11, he had been president for less than 8 months, so don’t say GB failed there.)

Being a moral, loyal, God-fearing man who loved his family? Guilty as charged. Despite the most obnoxious,anti-administration media environment in our history, no one ever – EVER – found dirt on George Bush. He restored honor to the presidency, a huge accomplishment after the Clinton/Lewinsky mess and the raw, underhanded dealings of Hillary.

Oh, and talk to Bono, a true left wing Hollywood hero, about which individual on this planet has done more to combat AIDS in Africa. Bono will quickly respond “George Bush” and add that he did it without glory, without undue attention. Look it up if you don’t believe me.

Would we be better off today with George Bush in office? Absolutely.

Bush was Amazing

December 16th, 2010
1:49 pm

@ Hamad (again) -Although, I do agree with you that Mr. Bush had to make some pretty unpopular decisions during his presidency in order to keep the country safe.
So far, Mr. Obama has cried, complained, urged his fellow democrats, even begged and bribed them to go with him on some of his issues, so he could be remembered by something that worked out for the best of the country.

Valerie Billings

December 16th, 2010
1:55 pm

Despite how he may have ran the country, I still say he’s a good person. Mrs. Bush represents class and grace……I saw his interview on Oprah and it shed some light on things that I didnt know.

Aubrey

December 16th, 2010
1:58 pm

President Bush has his approval numbers rising. The Street Agitator Soetoro is sinking. That is enough to have Libs jumping off a bridge and that is a good thing.

Warren

December 16th, 2010
1:58 pm

Proud to be a socialist. We need leaders like the late Huey Long to run this country. “Every man a King!” A nation of people looking for the best intrest of its own people, and not a handful of corporations maintaining the status quo for the 1% of the population that owns over 50% of the wealth in the United States.