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Former President Bush cycles through Palo Duro Canyon for Warrior 100K

[ 2 ] April 28, 2012 |
Former President George W. Bush gets ready to address the press after the 100K race.

Former President George W. Bush gets ready to address the press after the 100K race.

Get your headphones on and listen up to our latest episode. This one is about Former President Bill Clinton’s speech at WTAMU. The transcript for this episode can be found below.

Transcript

[Bush joking and laughing after the mountain bike ride.]

Maria: Former President George W. Bush jokes with the Wounded Warriors participating in the Warrior 100 K mountain bike ride in Palo Duro Canyon.

Maria: The three-day event, which honors U.S men and women wounded during combat, will culminate today. Matthew Zbiec, a retired Sergeant at the U.S. Marine Corps, said he could not pass on the opportunity to participate in the ride.

Zbiec: The whole experience has been incredible it is definitely something that I will never forget. The reception form Amarillo, Texas and all the great people that helped put this together have been phenomenal. I am extremely grateful. It is been an incredible experience.

Maria: Juan Arredon, a retired Sergeant a the U.S. army agrees.

Arredon: They treat as great, cooking for us, they don’t let us lift a finger or anything. They say we are here to ride and that is all we need to do.

Maria: Volunteer Scott Smith came from Austin to help at this event. He says it is a good opportunity to give back to the Wounded Warriors while doing what he loves-mountain biking.

Smith: It’s an opportunity to give a small bit of help back to these very special people who gave more than we could ever repay them.

Maria: This is the second year for Warrior 100K ride, and it is part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Military Service Initiative.

Maria: Melissa Stockwell, a First Lieutenant of the U.S Army and member of the Board of Directors for the Wounded Warrior project says the Wounded Warriors project helps soldiers as soon as they get out of the battlefield.

Stockwell: The wounded warrior project is a non-profit. The mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors and to make this generation of wounded veteran the most successful that there has ever been.

Maria: Former President George Bush says the community has been supportive during the event.

Bush: Amarillo is a very patriotic city and a lot of citizens from the city are out there helping us in what is a great three-day festival of physical fitness.

Maria: He also says Palo Duro has well-maintained trails with a beautiful scenery.

Bush: It is a real treasure for this part of the state and I hope the people in the Panhandle realize what an unusual place this is.

Maria: During his address, Bush said one of the messages to send to the community is the importance of exercise.

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Maria Molina is the Editor of The Prairie. She started writing for the paper in 2009 and became Editor Fall 2010. She is a Senior double majoring in Broadcasting and Corporate Communication at West Texas A&M University.

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  1. avatar FRANK WEISS says:

    THANK YOU FOR COVERING THE RACE….PLEASE KEEP ME ON YOUR MAILING LIST FOR NEXT YEAR….I AM A DISABLED SOLDIER RETIRED AND WOULD LIKE TO RIDE WITH PRESIDENT BUSH OR VOLUNTEER FOR THE EVENT TO HELP IN ANY WAY. THANKS FOR SUPPORTING OUR ARMED FORCES VETERANS.

  2. avatar Larry D. Crumbley says:

    It is so wonderful to see these “GREAT” warriors riding the canyon, and having a decent time with there friend. Former President George W. Bush. Who from what I have heard gave no quarter, and like wise asked for none to be given to him, because of his age. Thank you so much Sir for what you have done with these “TRUE” American heroes. To many folk in this nation feel that the Holly-Weird types are heroes, but in my book they are nothing more than “ZEROES”. As I have already said the “THE TRUE AMERICAN HERO WAS ON THIS BIKE RIDE WITH PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH”. God Bless one, and all.

    Larry D. Crumbley

    P.S.—–MAY GOD ALWAYS BLESS THE ARMED SERVICES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOREVER

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