Bush Lands Job as Greeter In Chief

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    Bush shakes hands with Elliott's real greeter Henry Long as he makes a surprise appearance to the store in Dallas on Saturday Feb. 21, 2009.

    DALLAS  — We knew the economy wasn't in good shape, but no one expected former president George W. Bush to land a job as a hardware store greeter.

    That's just what the former leader of the free world joked about doing when he stopped in to shop at a Dallas hardware store that made him a lighthearted job offer offer earlier this month.

    Andrea Bond, a manager at Elliott's Hardware, says Bush walked into the store on Saturday and quipped: "I'm looking for a job."

    She said he spent about an hour shopping and talking to customers during the surprise visit. He bought a few flashlights, batteries and a can of WD-40. He also bought some night-lights.

    Laura Bush didn't accompany the former president, but Bond said Bush said his wife had sent him on the trip.

    The Bushes moved into their new home in the Preston Hollow area of Dallas on Friday.

    Elliott's, a local hardware store founded in 1947, published an open letter earlier this month to Bush, inviting him to apply for a store greeter position. The tongue-in-cheek appeal appeared in The Dallas Morning News and its commuter-oriented sister publication, Quick.