April 26, 2005
President Bush Jokes About Splash Day
In town to speak about Social Security, Bush told the crowd: “I want to thank the mayor for being here _ Lyda Ann Thomas greeted me coming in. I said, ‘Do you still have Splash Day?’”
The crowd laughed. “You have to be a baby boomer to know what I’m talking about,” Bush said. The crowd laughed again.
Splash Day once marked the end of school and the beginning of summertime fun. The city backed off from it many years ago when it turned a little too wild, says Christy Benson of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce. It later became a party day for gays and lesbians.
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