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Artesia Schools Out Early for Bush Visit

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Former president’s keynote talk to scholarship winners will be covered by the Journal.

Artesia Public Schools will dismiss early today, so members of the staff and the community can attend the Chase Foundation scholarship reception at the high school’s Bulldog Pit gymnasium between 4 and 5 p.m., with former President George W. Bush giving the keynote address, the Artesia Daily Press reported.

The Albuquerque Journal has a reporter and photographer en route, so read all about the event and the former president’s talk in Friday’s editions.

Since leaving the White House, Bush has made a few low-profile, beneath-the-radar appearances in public, but has shied away from making major policy pronouncements.

The Bushes have bought a house in an upscale Dallas neighborhood and Bush announced in a speech given on March 17 in Calgary, Alberta — the first speaking engagement of his post-presidency — that he has begun writing a memoir titled “Decision Points,” about the 12 most difficult personal and political decisions of his term in office.

Bush told the Canadian audience in March that he would not criticize President Barack Obama and hoped he succeeds, specifically stating, “[President Obama] deserves my silence.”

According to a recent report in the Los Angeles Times, Bush dropped in to see students at Pershing Elementary School in Dallas about a month after he left office and asked if the children knew who he was. One replied, “George Washington!” To which the 43rd president of the United States replied, “George Washington Bush.” When a parent asked him to consider working at the school’s haunted house carnival, Bush replied, “I’d make a good ghost.”

In addition to his $400-a-plate luncheon in Calgary, Bush recently went to China where he talked of the pleasures of walking his dog Barney in the Preston Hollow neighborhood, and he has reportedly raised millions for his presidential library at Southern Methodist University, also in Dallas, the Times reported.

Bush also is scheduled to appear with former President Bill Clinton in a two-hour “moderated conversation” before an audience in Toronto later this month, according to the Times.




8:15am 5/20/09 — Former President in Artesia Thursday: Ex-President George W. Bush to be keynote speaker at Chase Scholarship reception at Bulldog Pit.

Former President George W. Bush will be the keynote speaker at a reception in Artesia Thursday for the 2009 Chase Foundation Scholarship presentation to graduating seniors at Artesia High School, the Artesia Daily Press reported.

The scholarship winners will be announced at the reception from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Bulldog Pit, the Daily Press said.

Artesia’s 2009 graduating class will be the third to receive the Chase Scholarship from the foundation established in 2006 by Mack and Marilyn Chase and has handed out more than 350 scholarships to students since 2007 to help serve the community of Artesia and the not for profit organizations within Southeastern New Mexico, according to the Artesia-based foundation’s Web site.