Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Foundation arranges meeting with Bush
A wish come true
By J. Scott Trubey
A 9-year-old Evans girl with a rare blood
disorder had a dream fulfilled recently when the Make a Wish
Foundation granted her the chance to meet President Bush and
tour the White House.
says she wants to be president one day and her greatest
wish was to meet the commander-in-chief and visit 1600
was born with Glanzmann's thrombasthenia and is missing
proteins necessary for her blood to clot. As a result,
she suffers excruciating bruises caused by common childhood
activities, and is susceptible to life-threatening internal
waiting more than a year for her wish to be granted,
Julia and her family learned Sept. 14 they were going
to Washington, D.C.
Julia Smith, 9, of Evans, met President
Bush on Sept. 19 during a trip arranged by the
Make A Wish Foundation. Julia was born with a
rare, life-threatening blood disorder. She was
accompanied on the trip by her brother, Milledge,
mother, Helen, sister, Taylor, and father, Alan.
On Sept. 19, Julia and her family met with
President Bush and got a behind-the-scenes tour of the White
House with members of the U.S. Secret Service.
"Before we knew it, the president rounded
the corner," said Julia's mother, Helen Smith. "He
rubbed his hands together like he was excited and kind of
hop-skipped straight to Julia."
Mrs. Smith said the president instantly put
the family at ease, and talked to Julia about school. Bush
also gave the Augusta Prep third-grader an engraved silver
bookmark with the presidential seal.
"He is really nice. He was like a regular
person," Julia said.
During the trip, Julia learned the president
can watch movies before they're released. She also learned
Bush's dogs, Barney and Miss Beasley, have their own room
in the private residence, but also share a room with the president
and first lady.
Julia even got to witness a little of what
life is like as president. After the 10-minute meeting in
the Diplomat Room ended, the Smith family escorted Bush onto
the South Lawn where a throng of photographers awaited the
president's departure on Marine One.
In all, Julia and her family spent four days
in Washington, D.C., and also watched the Senate in session
and toured the Capitol after hours.
Julia, who isn't eligible to run for president
until 2036, said she enjoyed meeting the president and said
her future office was "pretty."
"I think it would be cool to run the
country," she said.
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