Description of an Encounter with President George W. Bush at Church in Washington, DCTruth!

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.

The Truth:

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.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

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.



 Laura Lefler

 Office of Senator Lamar Alexander

 302 Hart Senate Office Building


 fax: 202-228-3398