Wednesday, August 17, 2005
George makes an appearance!
Even if Bush won't leave his ranch for five minutes to meet with Cindy, he can be seen all day long at the Coffee Station in downtown Crawford. Proprietress Dorothy Spanos (pictured above with W.) has decorated her cafe/convenience store with tons of Bush memorabilia, including life-size cardboard cutouts of the current president, Barbara and George I. Laura couldn't make an appearance, it seems. George says the Coffee Station is his favorite place in town for breakfast-- it's also the only restaurant in town.
But even though some people call Texas "Bush country," don't expect a hostile environment inside the Coffee Station. Dorothy is one of the sweetest ladies I've ever met, and we had a nice little chat this morning as she poured coffee and took my order for eggs and grits. She said Bush has always been very nice when he comes in, and occasionally likes to bring out-of-town guests along. Dorothy showed me a lovely framed picture of then-Crown Prince Abdallah of Saudi Arabia (the current king) drinking tea with George in her small cafe... hmmm, how interesting...
When I asked her what she thought of the President, she said, "He's real friendly, and I support him. But I don't envy his job-- he has a lot of tough decisions to make, and I understand that some people are upset about them."
I also chatted with some other folks in the cafe who had come to Crawford to support the President. At first I was a bit apprehensive about what they would say when they discovered my affiliation, but they turned out to be very friendly and open. We spoke for a little bit about the scene here in Crawford and our personal backgrounds. It was great to have a civil conversation about this issue-- and I know Cindy would encourage all of us to do the same.