President Bush Visits Raleigh


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(Raleigh) Want an opportunity to meet the President of the United States? Want to have your picture taken with him during a private meeting? Simply become a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer and work your way up to receive recognition from the President.

President Bush scheduled a campaign and fundraising stop in Raleigh on July 7th, and asked to visit with a local person who had done outstanding volunteer work in the community while here. Through channels unknown, Valerie Chaffin, a 14-year veteran of the courts program designed to link a volunteer with a child involved with the courts, was chosen to meet with the President.

The president arrived in North Carolina's capital city just before 11 a.m.

At RDU, the president, who was accompanied on the flight by U.S. Rep. Richard Burr, was welcomed by state and local officials, including Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison.

On the tarmac, the president shook hands with a local Guardian ad Litem volunteer. Valerie Chaffin, of Raleigh, was rewarded for her 14 years as a volunteer advocate for children in court.

"I don't think it's going to be real until his hand is in mine," she said before meeting the president.

President Bush strolled over to the side of Air Force One and spent a few private minutes with Valerie asking her about her work and commenting on what a valuable asset she was to her community.

The President had been briefed earlier by White House staffers on the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem program and offered to several in the crowd how his brother as the Governor of Florida is also a supporter of the court volunteers.

President Bush had an opportunity to meet a dedicated community worker, Valerie Chaffin had an opportunity to have her photo taken with the President of the United States….and the visit to North Carolina was a success for all!

*WRAL-TV in Raleigh has allowed the AOC to use this photo of President Bush and Ms. Chaffin.



Publish Date: 07/21/2004