George H.W. Bush visited Valdosta because his son, George W. Bush, lived here while stationed at Moody Air Force Base for pilot training with the Air National Guard.
The younger Bush was stationed at Moody for several weeks and dated a Valdosta State student while here, according to the Lowndes County Historical Society. The elder Bush visited his son at Moody, and many years later, both would become President, the 41st and 43rd respectively.
Still, even with his Valdosta ties, George W. Bush didn’t visit his old stomping grounds while President, though Laura Bush is scheduled to visit Valdosta next month as a guest speaker for Georgia Christian School’s annual dinner.
But President Bush probably didn’t visit Valdosta for the same reason that we haven’t seen any president or presidential candidate since Bill Clinton 20 years ago. With Lowndes County’s predictable voting record favoring GOP presidential candidates, Democratic contenders likely think South Georgia is a lost cause while Republican candidates probably consider the region as a sure thing.