DescriptionGeorge W. Bush Patriotic Autograph Letter Signed: On the Fourth of July, the President tells a friend in Texas, "I am proud to serve as the President of such a blessed land."
Signed: "George W. Bush" as President, one page, 6.75" x 8.75". The White House, Washington, July 4, 2001. To Ronald E. Wade, Longview, Texas. In full: "Dear Ron, Thanks for the letter. It was great to hear from my friends. Today is our nation's Birthday. I am proud to serve as the President of such a blessed land. All my best." The President adds, "P.S. No more green stationery." The postscript refers to the light green White House stationery used by Bush's predecessors.
Ronald E. Wade (1950- ) was George W. Bush's driver during George H.W. Bush's unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign in 1970. He was a Bush floor leader at the 1988 GOP Convention and regional director for Bush's races in 1980, 1988 and 1992. In 1988, Wade was a delegate to the Republican National Convention and was appointed by the President-Elect to his Presidential Inaugural Committee. Wade is currently a dealer in political campaign memorabilia. A photograph of Wade with President George W. Bush in included along with the original large brown White House envelope mailed to Wade.
George W. Bush was in his sixth month as President when he wrote this letter expressing his pride in serving "as the President of such a blessed land". The land and the world would change forever by the events of September 11th, just ten weeks later.
Presidential ALsS of George W. Bush are exceedingly rare. Penned by the President of the United States in the White House on the 225th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, this magnificent letter, in extra fine condition, has never been folded. It would be the cornerstone of a presidential collection. From the Gary Grossman Collection.
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