Not too far beyond these trees, just off Prairie Chapel Road, is the ranch of President George W. Bush. Also known as 'the Western White House,' the ranch has at one time played host to a number of top foreign figures, including; the Presidents of Russia, China, Mexico, Egypt, the Prime Ministers of Britain, Spain, Japan, Australia, Italy, Israel, Kings and Princes from Saudi Arabia and countless other key figures from the US and abroad. It's interesting to me that all of these important people from around the world have visited a town in which most Americans have never even heard of, let alone visited for themselves.
Scenes from Crawford, Texas. August 31, 2009. Were it not for the actions of a man by the name of George Bush, the small rural town of Crawford would be unknown to all. The town consists of perhaps a thousand people, a school, a church, a water tower, and a little main street with some shops, a police station and a couple of out of business George W. Bush-catered gift shops. The main reason I wanted to see the place firsthand was because of a documentary (named Crawford) about the effects of Bush's presence on the town. Now that Bush is out of office and nobody cares too much about him or his ranch, the small town of Crawford can go back to being the modest small town that it is--as if Bush's scheme to use Crawford as a way to appear more down-to-Earth and Cowboy-like had never even happened in the first place.
According to a Seattle Times article, Bush said his favorite moment throughout eight years in office as President of the United States of America was, "...when I caught a 7 1/2 pound large mouth bass on my lake." I'm sure there are quite a few Americans who would not argue with the claim that his catching a large fish (in a man-made lake stocked with 600 bass on his own property) is one of his best accomplishments in office. (via)