For some, the answer to the question “Miss me yet?” is a resounding “Yes!”
“Back by popular demand!”
That’s how former president George W. Bush’s brief return to the White House is being described by eager military veterans.
Bush signed a historic one-day contract to return back to the presidency for a day for the sole purpose of signing military retirement documents. That day is scheduled for Veterans Day on Thursday, November 11.
Many veterans in all branches of the service are planning to retire but have voiced disgust at the prospect of President Barack Obama’s signature on their documents.
“The military, by and large, still leans toward the Republicans since the GOP is still seen as very friendly towards the Armed Forces and willing to treat us with the utmost respect,” said a retiring Army senior enlisted officer who asked not to be identified. “Nobody in my unit can stomach President Obama, and the very last thing I want is for his signature to disgrace my retirement document that my wife wants to frame and hang on our living-room wall.”
There are an estimated 5,229 veterans who have requested Bush’s signature on their retirement papers. Bush has said he will spend his entire time in the Oval Office signing document after document and is determined to sign every document.
Clad in a coat and tie, of course.
There will be concern of conflicting schedules since Obama has said he will clear his schedule and go golfing that day so that Bush can have the Oval Office to himself.
“I am honored to be asked to return back for a brief tour of service so I can sign these veterans’ retirements,” Bush said. “I deeply respect our military and want to make sure they’re sent out proud.”
During Bush’s brief return as president, Obama will hold the title of president-elect while Joe Biden will be vice president-elect.
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