Photo/Story Gallery 2004

President Bush Visits Panhandle

President Bush.President George Bush recently visited the Florida Panhandle, flying into Naval Air Station Pensacola in heavy rain storms to complete a bus tour of the area. Joining the President for the tour were Senator John McCain and Congressman Jeff Miller. The Florida Highway Patrol was requested by the Secret Service to provide extra security for the President’s motorcade.

FHP members greeting President Bush as he steps off Airforce 1.In response, FHP sent out Jacksonville’s motorcycle squad and six additional troopers in patrol cars to complete the motorcade. FHP performed a major security function, along with other law enforcement agencies, in ensuring the President’s safety during his visit to our state.

Pictured right, FHP members greet President Bush as he steps off Airforce 1.

In addition, troopers handled numerous traffic posts along the route as the motorcade traveled along Highway 98 covering over 150 miles through five panhandle counties. President Bush made numerous stops along the way, including a visit to the Pensacola Civic Center, Okaloosa-Walton Community College, and the Panama City Civic Center. The President was joined along the way by Governor Jeb Bush and Lt. Governor Toni Jennings.

Troop G's motor squad.Lt. Harris and Sgt. Kirby pose with Congressman Miller.This presidential visit required a massive cooperative effort among law enforcement agencies throughout the Panhandle, especially with the intermittent heavy rains along some portions of the route.

Pictured left, Troop G’s motor squad provides security for the President’s motorcade and right, Lt. James Harris and Sgt. Mike Kirby pose with Congressman Jeff Miller.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are to be commended for their admirable performance of this prestigious endeavor conducted under such difficult weather conditions. Great job!