Antoinette sings at 
President Bush's campaign rally

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Antoinette had the honor of singing the National Anthem for President Bush's campaign rally at Lake Farmparks in Kirtland, Ohio on September 4th, 2004.

After an invocation by State Representative Ron Young, and the Pledge of Allegiance by State Representative Jamie Callendar and his daughter, Antoinette was introduced by Master of Ceremony Mayor David Anderson.  

Antoinette's rendition of the National Anthem was warmly received by an enthusiastic crowd estimated at 20,000 people. Antoinette takes great pride in singing the Anthem with a slow, soulful, yet traditional style. 


A large delegation of police officers, military veterans, and local officials saluted the flag and held their hand over their hearts while some even joined in to sing the Anthem.

If you have a fast Internet connection (DSL or cable), you can play Antoinette's Anthem in MP3 by clicking here:

The Star Spangled Banner (MP3)

Two great bands provided entertainment before the event.  The band Restless from Ashtabula Ohio and recording artist Sonny Burgess and his band from Fort Worth Texas both kept the crowd excited.

After a few brief speeches by state and local officials, and a rousing introduction by Congressman Steven LaTourette, President Bush made his "big entrance" by emerging from his campaign tour bus.
The President stopped to greet people along the path to the stage.

Several prominent officials were in attendance, including Ohio Senators George Voinovich and Mike Dewine and their families.

The President seemed eager to present his campaign speech only two days after his big night at the Republican National Convention in New York City.
The President was greeted by a very enthusiastic crowd as he took the stage.
President Bush's campaign bus tour started in Cleveland with a rally at  9:00 in the morning, followed by stops in Kirtland Ohio and Erie PA.  

A warm, humid day slowly changed to a light rain as the President delivered his speech.


The crowd chanted "Four More Years" and "USA, USA" several times during the President's speech.

Everyone was delighted to see President Bush, first lady Laura Bush and their two daughters Jenna and Barbara on stage together.

The Secret Service protection around the first family was very impressive.

Let's see ... If we wanted to get any closer, all we'd have to do is elbow our way past these guys ....

A great band from Fort Worth Texas led by recording artist Sonny Burgess kept the crowd on its feet before the event.

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