BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- President George Herbert Walker Bush made a rare public appearance at the University of New England Thursday.
He presented the George Bush Award For Excellence in Public Service to Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar. The prestigious award recognizes dedication to public service at the local, state, national, or international levels. Mrs. Bush took to the podium to offer her praise for the Sheikha Moza.
"Her Highness Sheikha Moza's belief in the character and potential of her nation's people is an inspiration to us all" Mrs. Bush told the crowd.
Former winners of the George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service include Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Edward Kennedy.