George W. Bush's Montgomery Ties


By Ellis Eskew

  George W. Bush's new presidential center was dedicated Thursday in Texas with all five living presidents in attendance.
     As they looked back at his presidency, we take a look back at the former president's own connections here in Montgomery.

Back in 1972, George W. Bush came to the capital city and served in the Alabama National Guard.
He worked on Winton Blount's unsuccessful Senate campaign.
Once Bush was president, he came back to speak at events at Tuskegee University and Auburn University- Montgomery.

"He came back to AUM and were great friends with the mayor, my wife, Riley, and I got to go behind the curtain and talk to him after his speech at AUM, which was a lot of fun," said Winton Blount III.

With the new presidential center opening up in his honor in Texas, Blount says he thinks it will be a national treasure.

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