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RICHMOND, KY – St. Mark Roman Catholic Church is pleased to announce “A Day Among Friends 2” – The Rest of the Story - with special guest President George W. Bush, who will be visiting St. Mark Catholic Church and School, 608 West Main Street, in Richmond, on Thursday, May 3, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. There will be a one-hour moderated question and answer session, as well as an opportunity for guests to meet with President Bush.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have a guest of President Bush’s caliber gracing St. Mark,” Fr. Sichko said. “We are fortunate and blessed to be able to offer such an amazing variety of events to our community.”

Serving as the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush was sworn into office on January 20, 2001, re-elected on November 2, 2004, and sworn in for a second term on January 20, 2005. Before his Presidency, he served for 6 years as Governor of Texas.

President Bush was born July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Barbara and George H.W. Bush – later the 41st President of the United States. In 1948, the family moved to Midland, Texas, where President Bush grew up. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University in 1968 and then served as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. President Bush received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1975. Following graduation, he moved back to Midland and began a career in the energy business.

Since his election to the Presidency in 2000, President Bush has worked to extend freedom, opportunity, and security at home and abroad. His first initiative as President was the No Child Left Behind Act, a bipartisan measure that raised standards in schools, insisted on accountability in return for federal dollars, and led to measurable gains in achievement – especially among minority students. Faced with a recession when he took office, President Bush cut taxes for every federal income taxpayer, which helped set off an unprecedented 52 straight months of job creation. President Bush modernized Medicare by adding a prescription drug benefit, a reform that provided access to needed medicine for 40 million seniors and other beneficiaries.

President Bush also implemented free trade agreements with more than a dozen nations; empowered America’s armies of compassion by creating a new Faith-based and Community Initiative; promoted a culture of life; improved air quality and made America’s energy supply more secure; set aside more ocean resources for environmental protection than any predecessor; transformed the military and nearly doubled government support for veterans; pioneered a new model of partnership in development that tied American foreign aid to reform and good governance; launched a global HIV/AIDS initiative that has spared millions of lives; expanded the NATO alliance; forged a historic new partnership with India; and appointed Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The most significant event of President Bush’s tenure came on September 11, 2001, when terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people on American soil. President Bush responded with a comprehensive strategy to protect the American people. He led the most dramatic reorganization of the federal government since the beginning of the Cold War, reforming the intelligence community and establishing new institutions like the Department of Homeland Security. He built global coalitions to remove violent regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq that threatened America, which helped liberate more than 50 million people.

President Bush is married to Laura Welch Bush, a former teacher and librarian whom he met at a friend’s backyard barbeque. The President and Mrs. Bush have twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, and a son-in-law, Henry Hager.

Tickets for the “Q&A” session are $250 per person. Tickets for the opportunity to meet President Bush and have photographs taken with him are $1,000 per person.

“Seating is very limited and we expect this event to be very popular,” Fr. Sichko said.

For more information about
A Day Among Friend With 2 – With President George W. Bush,
please contact Fr. James W. Sichko directly, at (859) 338-5467.

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