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08-01-2008, 12:36 AM
President Bush makes unexpected stop to wish 91-year-old a "Happy Birthday" (http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/news_article.aspx?storyid=93894&catid=3)


GATES MILLS -- President Bush made an unexpected stop during his afternoon visit to Northeast Ohio that made it a day to remember for a 91-year old birthday girl.

The Presidential motorcade was departing a Gates Mills fundraiser en route to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport for a plane ride back to Washington, when a sign caught the President's eye.

The sign read: "Mr. President, please stop to take a 91st B-Day picture with Ma."

A group of people were crowded on the side of the road, trying to coax the President to honor "Ma," who happens to be Ruth E. Harris. She was celebrating her 91st birthday.

The President did stop, and so did the traveling press, the secret service -- and nearly everyone on Ruth's block.

President Bush sat with her, holding her hand and taking pictures for several minutes.

"You look great," the President told her. "Where is the birthday cake?"

08-01-2008, 09:59 AM
My grandpa just turned 95-since he turned 90, he gets a hand-signed birthday card from the Governor every year and he may actually get a card from President Bush, because he gives money to the GOP and to campaigns. He gets the Bush calender every year, plus the one from the Reagan Library.

08-01-2008, 10:09 AM
It is easy to get "greetings" from the White House for special occasions. I try to always request them when a new baby is born in our family:

White House Greeting Requests

Thank you for your interest in requesting a greeting from President and Mrs. Bush. The White House Greetings Office receives and processes all requests in accordance with long-standing guidelines. Please carefully review the guidelines below prior to submitting your request. Requests that do not comply with the guidelines or do not contain sufficient information will not be fulfilled.


1. U.S. CITIZENS. The White House will send greetings only to United States citizens for special occasions as outlined below.
2. REQUIRED INFORMATION. Please provide the following information when making your request:
1. Name of honoree(s).
2. Address of honoree(s).
3. Form of address (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss).
4. Date (month, day, year) of birth, birthday, wedding, or anniversary.
5. Requestor's name and daytime phone number.
3. NUMBER OF REQUESTS LIMITED. The number of requests you can submit per day is limited. Institutional requests for multiple greetings must be submitted by fax or mail on official letterhead with the required information listed above.
4. WHEN TO EXPECT YOUR GREETING. For birthdays and anniversaries, greetings will be mailed from the White House approximately 14 days prior to the event. Wedding and baby's birth greetings will be sent after the event.
5. PROBLEMS USING THE WEBSITE. If you experience problems making an online request, please make your request by fax or mail.

Please select one of the following to make a request:

A baby birth card will be sent within a year of the birth. Please make your request after the baby is born. More

A birthday card will be sent to individuals celebrating their 80th (or greater) birthday. Please make your request at least 6 weeks in advance of the birthday. More

A wedding card will be sent to couples after the event. Please make your request after the wedding. More

An anniversary card will be sent to couples who are celebrating their 50th (or greater) wedding anniversary. Please make your request at least 6 weeks in advance of the anniversary. More

Your greeting request can also be made by:
FAX: 202-395-1232
MAIL: The White House
Attn: Greetings Office
Washington, D.C. 20502-0039