Country music legend George Strait took to Twitter earlier today to share a holiday message with his followers. He wished everyone a happy Presidents’ Day and shared a fitting throwback photo with a former president.
Many presidents have enjoyed country music. Several presidential inaugurations have featured country icons. The most recent one featured Gath Brooks. Loretta Lynn performed at George H.W. Bush’s inauguration. Willie Nelson was friendly with Carter. So, it isn’t a surprise to see George Strait along with his family in the Oval Office with George H.W. Bush.
The photo shows George Strait, his wife Norma, and their son Bubba at the president’s desk. The late President Bush looks to be signing something. Whether it is an official document of some kind or an autograph is unknown.
However, the Strait family is dressed to the nines and all look happy to be there. The young Bubba seems incredibly interested in whatever it is that President Bush is doing.
George Strait and President Bush
While there isn’t much information on what brought George Strait to the White House in the photo, it wasn’t the only time the King of Country rubbed elbows with a leader of the free world. He had an immense amount of respect for the Bush family.
Back in 2019, George Strait drew a record crowd at the NRG Stadium when he played the Houston Rodeo. However, two seats were left empty. One for former president George H.W. Bush and one for Barbara Bush. Both had passed away in 2018. The unoccupied seats bore the Bushs’ names and a bouquet rested in Barbara’s seat.
In 1991, George H.W. Bush attended the 25th annual Country Music Association Awards. He is the only sitting president to attend such an event. That year, Strait was nominated for both Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.
At the end of the night, President Bush gave a speech about country music. In it, he said, “It’s easy to see why America loves country music. Country music loves America.”
Former president and fellow Texan George W. Bush invited Strait to his and his wife’s joint 70th birthday party. At the party, Strait led party guests in singing “Happy Birthday” to the couple. It seems that he inherited his love good taste in music from his father.