Friday, February 20, 2009
Sign of the times
What started out as a fun way to thank the former President became something of a national phenomenon.
TCU sophomore Patrick Bibb thought making “Welcome Home George & Laura” yard signs and selling them at $20 a pop would be a nice way to show support for the former President as he relocated from the White House back to Texas while also raising a little bit of cash.
“The sign is not intended to be a political statement,” Bibb wrote in a letter he sent to neighbors. “It is simply a way of saying thank you to a man and his wife for numerous years of public service to our state and our country.”
After an initial run of 100 signs, he set out selling the signs over Christmas break from his parents home on Meaders Lane, just down the street from the 8,500-square-foot home the Bushes purchased on Daria Place in the posh Preston Hollow neighborhood in north Dallas.
A little media exposure including BBC Radio and FOXNews.com, lead to overwhelming demand for the signs from all over the nation, bringing the total signs sold to more than 800.
Bibb, an economics major, is using his proceeds to help pay his TCU tuition and is donating $2 of each sign to nearby Pershing Elementary School’s library in honor of Laura Bush, a former librarian.
Bibb recently got word his sign hit home, so to speak, when he got a call from George W. Bush himself.
"He said he was in town a while ago with his wife and they had seen the signs ... and he was happy there was a lot of support and that someone had taken the initiative to do something," he told The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I told him: 'No problem. I understand you’ve had some hard times, but I wanted to do this. It’s the least we could do."