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Former President Bush gives elderly couple wedding surprise

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

Former President George W. Bush gave a pair of elderly newlyweds quite a surprise when they returned home from their honeymoon this week.

Larry, 85, and Yolanda Touchon, 72, celebrated their honeymoon by attending the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Upon returning to their Amarillo home they discovered a personal note from the former president himself, The Dallas Morning News reports.

“I just about fainted,” the bride said, according to the paper.

The letter reportedly offered the pair of longtime Bush supporters congratulations on their marriage, and thanked them for visiting the Bush Center. Bush added that he and former first lady Laura Bush “hope the joy you shared on April 21 will always be a source of strength and inspiration.”

“Laura and I send our best wishes for a future filled with love and happiness,” the former president wrote.

The Touchons’ honeymoon to the presidential library was a subject of media attention during the event. Their story appeared in The Dallas Morning News, local Texas stations, and was mentioned by the Associated Press.

“We just came down to see George and celebrate our wedding,” Touchon told The Dallas Morning News at the time.

“My daughter just had a fit over this. She thought this was the funniest thing that’s ever happened to her daddy,” the groom said.

“I’m in a state of shock with all these emotions. It’s almost too good to be true,” added the bride.

The Touchons met at a bereavement group. They were married in a Las Vegas chapel last month and have a formal church wedding planned for July.  They told the paper they plan to frame the letter.

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