Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell may not have been amongst the group of college football's elite tonight in New York, but he had the privilege of being around the most powerful man in the world earlier today - U.S. President George W. Bush.
Harrell alongside head coach Mike Leach and his wife Sharon and associate media relations director Blayne Beal were treated with a private tour of the White House early Saturday morning. The tour was arranged and conducted by White House staffer and Texas Tech alum Trey Bohn with assistance from another White House staffer and fellow Tech grad John Dorff.
"Being able to go to Washington D.C. for the first time and to have the honor to meet the President is something that I will never forget," said Harrell. "President Bush is one of the most genuine individuals that you will ever meet and I was flattered to hear that he really enjoyed watching our team play this season. I want to thank Trey Bohn and John Dorff for allowing me this great opportunity. Today was a special day to be a Red Raider."
The tour consisted of a vist to the executive office building, the Oval Office, the Cabinet Room, the James Brady Press Briefing Room and the Rose Garden. While visiting the Oval Office, the group was able to meet and shake hands with White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten.
The highlight of the visit was a 20-minute meeting with the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush. Mr. Bush met the group inside the Diplomatic Room and took the time to take pictures and shared lots of stories about Texas Tech and his home state.
Harrell and the Red Raiders still have one more game remaining this season as Tech will take on Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl on January 2nd.
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