President Bush attends OKC women’s roundtable

Friday, September 12th 2008, 7:16 pm
By: News 9

By Amy Lester, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- President Bush came to town Friday and attended several events in the city.

His visit started at Tinker Air Force Base.

Soon after stepping off Air Force One, Bush recognized Oklahomans Dan Rooney, Captain Joe Castleberry and Karen Stark for their volunteer work. His last stop before leaving Oklahoma was at a private fundraiser for John McCain at a home in northeast Oklahoma City. He also attended a women's roundtable.

The six small business owners were handpicked by the White House to spend an hour with the President. They aren't the only ones who showed up.

A handful of protestors waited to greet President Bush down the street from his first stop in OKC.

Right next to them President Bush supporters welcomed him to town.

"We hope that he'll know there are Oklahomans who are supportive of him and appreciate what he's doing," Dianne Webb said.

President Bush spoke with small business owners about alternatives to traditional health insurance.

"If you listen to anyone who owns a small business, they will tell you that the rising cost of health care is troubling not only to their balance sheet, but to their souls," Bush said.

Sitting right next to him was Cher Bumps.

"I was sitting on his left and I think I had a few butterflies, then he walked in and goes, ‘I'm scared to death.' That obviously lightened it up a little," Bumps said.

She and the other women said the President has a good sense of humor, and he thoroughly impresses them.

"It gave me a greater appreciation not only of the position, but of the man himself," Kathryn Robinson said.

"It wasn't as formal as I anticipated and he was very humorous and very fun to be with and very engaging," Sherry Dale said.

This experience, this day, is one the women will not soon forget.

"It hasn't hit me yet, but I have to say it's a privilege to represent women business owners and to be able to represent Oklahoma and sit at a roundtable with the President," Jennifer Fogg said.

The President mainly spoke about Health Savings Accounts which help employees save money for future medical expenses.

Find out more information on the Health Savings Accounts.