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SHEPHERDSVILLE - Over 1,000 people packed into the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre on Monday to see First Lady Laura Bush.
And although her campaign speech promoting the Republican Party candidates lasted 11 minutes, no one went away unhappy.
What may have been her last political appearance before leaving the White House, Bush said she was pleased that election day was approaching.
“It seems like George has been on the ticket,” Bush joked.
She encouraged those in attendance to support the Republican ticket, especially Brett Guthrie, who faced David Boswell in the race for Second District House of Representatives.
Following her comments, Bush spent over 30 minutes signing autographs and posing for pictures with the crowd.
Trina Summers, who was on stage with Bush as she was bidding to become state representative for Bullitt County’s 49th District, said it was an unbelievable experience.
“It was an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Summers. “She’s such a gracious lady.”
Summers felt the last day visit would provide a boost going into Tuesday’s election.
“I will remember this the rest of my life,” said Summers.
The long-time Shepherdsville councilmember admitted being a bit nervous as she was one of the speakers prior to the arrival of the First Lady.
Many in the audience were students from the three local high schools, who were invited to attend.
For most, it was truly an unbelievable experience.
Shepherdsville/Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commissioner Tom Kelly said he attended the event for the unique opportunity to glimpse the First Lady.
“It’s impressive when someone of this stature takes the time to come to Bullitt County,” he said.
Kelly also supported the people joining her on the stage, especially Brett Guthrie.
“I thought Ron Lewis was a good representative for the community, and I feel Guthrie will do the same,” Kelly said.
Shepherdsville resident Nathan Webster brought his two-year-old son, Evan, to the event. Webster said he was there to support the Republican Party but admitted bringing Evan along for the unique opportunity to share a room with Bush.
Alongside Webster was Hodgenville resident Paula Keith, who held up her four-year-old granddaughter Lilly to see the First Lady.
“It’s the chance to see a President’s wife, Laura Bush,” said Keith. “That is the chance of a lifetime.”
Shepherdsville resident and World War II veteran Larry D. Williams said he never had an opportunity to see a president or First Lady in his lifetime.
“That’s a big reason I’m here, but I support this administration more so than the previous one,” he said. “I support all the Republican candidates, especially Sarah Palin.”
Lexington residents Marzeya Rice, her daughter Christian and family friend Terry Trumble drove in specifically to see the First Lady. Their reward was a close-up photograph after Bush greeted many of the rally’s attendees.
“We got lost coming here, we drove about 20 miles past Shepherdsville on our way, but this made it all worth it,” Marzeya said with a big smile.