<u> **Saints Greet Commander In Chief** </u>
When President Bush stepped off of Air Force One at Louis Armstrong International Airport this afternoon at approximately 1:40 p.m. today for his scheduled trip to New Orleans he was welcomed off Air Force One by two familiar faces and Crescent City institutions in Saints QB Drew Brees and RB Deuce McAllister.
The black and gold's signal-caller and all-time leading rusher were among several dignitaries at the airport to greet the president upon his arrival in the region, where the he arrived to discuss the progress of the Gulf Coast rebuilding process nearly three years after Hurricane Katrina came ashore. Brees and McAllister quickly departed the team's practice facility following an 11:00 a.m. practice to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
Upon meeting with him on the airport tarmac, the dynamic duo of the New Orleans offense, who were dressed in matching t shirts presented President Bush with a goodie bag of official Saints t-shirts and baseball caps. The three posed together for a photo with President Bush donning a Saints hat.
Following the embrace at the airport, the Commander In Chief spoke near the repaired Jackson Barracks National Guard facility about the Gulf Coast region's recovery as well as future challenges and opportunities in New Orleans.
This is not the first time that either Saints has been in the company of President Bush. On August 29, 2006, on the one-year anniversary of Katrina, the entire team greeted him at the New Orleans airport. Brees, McAllister and his own running mate, Reggie Bush also enjoyed the opportunity to meet the nation's 43rd leader at a dinner in April as part of the North American Leaders' Summit.