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Bush School Surprises President Bush with Flash Mob

March 12, 2013

March 12, 2013

Texas A&M students at the Bush School of Government and Public Service found a novel way to honor the school’s founder, President George H. W. Bush, last weekend by holding a flash mob—a sudden assembly of students and others who danced to honor the former president. Their presentation, along with readings from President Bush’s new book, All the Best, were shown on this morning’s Today show on NBC.

The presentation for President Bush has been in the works since the fall of 2012, once it was confirmed that he would be visiting the school in March. The theme for the mob was “Texas country,” in honor of the President’s love of Texas culture. The President was all smiles as he watched the performance unfold.  He loved the lyrics that were specific to him and the Bush School and asked if there would be an encore at the end.

Dean Card said that it was great fun working with the students on an event that so clearly delighted the President and his family.  “We’re all so fond of President Bush, and it’s sometimes hard to find a unique way to honor his contributions and thank him for all he’s done. This event did that, and also allowed our students to have a great time,” he said.

“As the graduating class of 2013, it is our honor to do this for the President,” said Warren Chalklen, MPSA Class of 2013.  “He always surprises us and now we got to surprise him.  We’ve had a great time creating this flash mob and we hope he enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.”

The flash mob can be viewed on the Bush School YouTube Channel at

The flash mob was also featured as part of a segment on the TODAY Show regarding the release of President Bush’s book, All the Best. All of the proceeds from this book will benefit the Bush School. The TODAY show segment can be viewed at: