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President George W. Bush Returns to the Basin For Book Signing

By Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9 

MIDLAND - It was an exciting day in Midland on Monday as President George W. Bush made his way back to his hometown. 

"I'm very excited, very excited! This is the one and only time I'll get to see George Bush," Barbra Puckett, a local who attended the signing, said. 

At least 1,000 people gathered at Sam's Club in Midland for a chance to meet him.

"President Bush was the first president I got to vote for when I was 18. So it's very exciting for me to bring that aspect back home," Amy Lyon, a local who attended the signing, said. 

"You know I've only lived here the last 30 years. I wasn't around when he was here very much so it's nice to have him back in Midland," Mike Hester, a local who attended the book signing, said. 

Mr. Bush was back in the Basin signing his new book, 41: A Portrait of My Father. A biography about his father's life and career.

"I am just over the moon. I've always wanted to meet him, he is just legendary. This book is just something that I have been waiting a long time to read," Denise Durell, another local who attended the event, said. 

Many waited in line for hours just to get a chance to say hello. They also reminisced about why they love President Bush.

"I love his personality and his honesty," Puckett said.

"My favorite thing about George Bush is he's a cowboy and a christian!" Lyon said.

Sam's Club said it took a lot of preparation to gear up for the event.

"Preparations from making sure that they have everything that they need to make sure that he is comfortable in the building and making sure that we have additional security for him and making sure that we have a bunch of friendly faces to greet him," Sam's Club Manager, Rueben Rivera, said.

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