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    Friday, September 24, 2004

    Bush surprises troops 

    It lacked the drama of his stealth Thanksgiving visit to Baghdad, but President Bush startled a planeload of soldiers headed to Iraq during his visit to Bangor, Maine, on Thursday. When Bush learned that the troops' chartered aircraft would stop in Maine to refuel, he delayed his departure and climbed aboard to work the aisle.

    "It ain't every day you land somewhere and the president gets on your plane," Army Sgt. Bobby Dailey said. Bush spoke to the departing troops over the intercom, saying, "May God Bless you all. May God keep you safe."

    posted by Ron Hutcheson at 12:55 PM



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