That Time President George H.W. Bush Attended the CMA Awards

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If you thought it was crazy that Justin Timberlake attended and performed at the 49th Annual CMA Awards, what about the time a sitting president attended the 25th Annual CMA Awards?

That’s right, George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush not only attended the awards, but made an amazing, heartfelt speech about country music.

“Thank you, thank you Reba and congratulations to all of tonight’s award winners. It’s great to be here with friends and with music I love. Barbara and I come here as fans. Country music gives us a window on the real world and when I want to feel a certain surge of patriotism or turn nostalgic or even when I need a little free advice about Saddam Hussein I turn to country music. Country songs do say a lot about life. And sometimes, and this is true, in the Oval Office, I read a sentence, right under the glass on the right-hand corner of my desk and it says’ if we’re going to see a rainbow, we will have to stand a little rain.'”

“Barbara and I will always be grateful for what the country music family did for our troops in the gulf and for their families. You sure helped them stand a little rain, so when Desert Storm went by they could see that magnificent rainbow. You know it’s easy to see why America loves country music, country music loves America.”

The 50th Annual CMA Awards will be in Nashville on November 2 and airing live on ABC.