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Woman with Tulsa ties reflects on working with President George H.W. Bush

Posted at 5:51 PM, Dec 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-03 19:16:32-05

TULSA -- A woman who calls Tulsa home worked for three presidential administrations, including former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away on Friday.

"I spent more time with the Bush family and the staff from the White House than I did my own family for four years," said Kim Fuller, former press advance for President George H.W. Bush.

Fuller started her career on the Hill when she was 22. After three years with the Reagan Administration, she worked as press advance for President Bush.

"If I was the lead of the trip would be the one who’d say 'Mr. President you’re going to go to the left, and who you’re going to see is this person'," said Fuller.

Fuller says President Bush's energy was difficult to keep up with.

"He would play golf, then he’d go out in the boat, and then he’d go out for a run, then he’d play tennis. He was the most energetic person in Kennebunkport and he was not unlike that when we were on the road for official visits," said Fuller.

One of her favorite memories was captured in a photo, where President Bush humbly showed his love for this country.

"President Bush was just standing backstage waiting for his announcement, he could’ve stayed back there, but when he heard the national anthem being sung by Ms. Arkansas, he wanted to walk out there and stand at attention to salute the flag," said Fuller.

Fuller's family is undeniably proud of their daughter.

"The staff coordinator that brings the President around brought him to my parents and they introduced him and everything and afterwards my dad goes ‘Kim he said your name, he said your name!’" said Fuller.

The flag outside their Tulsa home is at half-staff, honoring the man who, at one point held the highest seat in the country, made their daughter feel important.

"Then at the end they write ‘we love your Kim’ so that made it all worth it," said Fuller.

Fuller plans to go to College Station, TX on Thursday, where President Bush is to be buries alongside his wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Robin.

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