Description of an Encounter with President George W. Bush at Church in Washington, DC–Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
The email is said to be the first-hand account of a woman named Laura Lefler from Senator Lamar Alexander’s office of her meeting President George W. Bush at St. John’s Episcopal church in Washington DC.
This email is true.
Laura Lefler wrote it after the encounter with Mr. Bush in church.
Although she is a member of Senator Alexander’s staff, she wrote it as a private citizen, not as a representative of the Senator, according to his office.
This is for real. I called Laura Lefler in Sen.. Alexander’s office
today, 2/23, and she confirmed that she wrote it and is now overwhelmed
with it spreading via the internet. She sent it so several friends and
they then put it on its journey. Larry Hone
Subject: Bush in church, Very interesting
I’m at the 8:00am service at my church, St. John’s Episcopal, at
Lafayette Square, across from the White House. (I wanted to go early
because I was going with Alice and Brent for breakfast at the Cracker
Barrel in Manassas.) Much of the service was uneventful–nice, but
uneventful–until it comes to the part of the service when the priest
says, “Greet one another in the name of the Lord.” I turn to my right to
exchange the peace with my friend, Amy Fox Smythe, who was was on the
other end of my pew. I then shake hands with the person in front of me,
and turn around to say hello to the person behind me. The person behind me
was our 43rd President George W. Bush. I am not kidding. A small crowd was
forming around him, and not wanting to delay the church service or bother
him by waiting to shake his hand, I turned back around and sat down and
talked to Amy. About 30 seconds later I felt a hand on my left shoulder
and turn around to see President Bush with his hand extended. “Peace of
the Lord, ” he said and held my hand with both of his. “Peace of the
Lord,” I replied, and held both his hands and smiled at him. I turned back
around and was remarkably calm about the fact that the most powerful
person in the world was sitting two feet behind me. I could hear him
flipping through his bulletin as the priest made the announcements. I
loved the idea of him thinking, “Oh, there’s a covered dish next Sunday.”
We perched and when I stood up to go to the communion rail, he got up and
walked down the aisle behind me. We passed a little old lady who said,
“Mr. President, I pray for you every day.” To which he said, “That’s a
very special gift. Thank you so much.” We got to the communion rail and
there were two spaces, one in front of us and one around the side of the
altar. We both surmised for ten seconds and then I started off around the
corner. He stopped me and whispered, “No, no. I’ll go around” and motioned
for me to take the closer spot. The only exception made in the entire
service was that the President was allowed to leave first and then the
rest of the congregation followed.
With all sincerity, and partisanship aside I tell you: This is a special
man! There is a peace and a Godliness about him. It radiates from him. It
is the only reason that I was able to remain calm. It was more than the
adrenaline I’ve felt when I’ve met other famous people. A goodness flows
through this man. He has more than my vote in November. He has my respect,
my prayers, and my gratitude. Whatever your political affiliation, and
whether or not you agree with his decisions, you should take comfort in
the fact that–despite recent press attacks–this is a man of integrity
who makes decisions because he believes that they are RIGHT, not popular. He
makes these decisions with a heavy heart and through prayer.
I don’t mean to go on, and on, but I truly believe this was a blessing
from God that should be passed on.
Office of Senator Lamar Alexander
302 Hart Senate Office Building