Reported By Deanna Lambert
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky.
Former President George W. Bush signed copies of his new book, "Decision Points," at Fort Campbell on Wednesday morning.
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With Johnny Cash music playing in the background, the autograph session began at 9:30 a.m. and was scheduled to last until noon. The event was for soldiers and their family members only. Tickets for the event were bought in advance.
"I'm just very excited that I get to meet a former president," said James Cusic.
At 6:30 a.m, about 150 people had lined up to see Bush.
The event was postponed earlier this month due to bad weather in Dallas.
There were about 30 guests at the event who were personally invited by Bush to Wednesday's signing. Among those were Commander Sgt. Maj. Christopher Self, who was wounded and lost his leg during service in Iraq.
Self met Bush last year, and the former president invited him to go biking with him at his Texas ranch.
"There was a prison break in a little camp I was at, and I got shot, once in each leg," said Self. "(Bush) came through on a tour of the center for the intrepid down at Bampsey. I was down there getting my prosthetic worked on, had my bicycle, and he asked whose bike it was."
One thing led to another.
"He invited me to go cycling with him, anytime," said Self. "I just said, 'Well, you name the place and time, and I'll be there.' And he said, 'Friday at 9 at my house.'"
Bush said he recalled that Self was stationed at Fort Campbell and asked staff to personally invite the war veteran to Wednesday's book signing. Self credited his wife with leaving the lasting impression on the former president at his Texas ranch.
"He meets a million people a day, so it's surprising when he remembers you, but really surprising that he remembered that we're here at Fort Campbell," said Self.
Self said Wednesday that Bush invited him back to his ranch for another ride again in April. He said that riding with the president is no stroll in the park, but rather a tough ride.
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