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President Bush Honors GSU Student

Secret service surrounding the flight line, lookouts on stands...this is what it takes to land Air Force One. Monday morning, President George W. Bush landed in Savannah at Hunter Army Airfield before heading to Statesboro to campaign for congressional candidate Max Burns.

During his brief visit, he took the time to honor one special person.

Georgia Southern student Rebekah Rotton received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award and had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to shake hands with the commander-in-chief.

"He is just a gentleman," Rotton said. "He's very down to earth, just like I thought he would be, very polite, very gracious. It was just such an honor to meet him."

Rotton was honored for her work with the American Diabetes Association. "My sister has diabetes and it also runs in my family, so it is a cause I really care about and I give a lot of time to."

However, although Rotton volunteers her time, she never dreamed she would receive an award from such a prestigious person. And the way it all came about still shocks her.

"I applied for it last Monday," she said. "Tuesday morning was the deadline. I had a phone interview Wednesday. Then I found out on Thursday that I got it."

Rotton said being on the airstrip and meeting the president is something she will never forget and ten, 20, 30 years from now, she will always have a story to tell.

"I think I will just describe the jet coming in, the stairs being brought up, and him coming down waving and taking the time to speak to each person individually. That's what I will remember most."

Cherished memories this young woman will hold dearly forever.

Reported by: Christy Hutchings,

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