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Bush To Speak at Morongo Casino

Former President George W. Bush will be the keynote speaker at a regional conference scheduled for this summer at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, according to San Jacinto city officials.

America’s 43rd president will speak at the Western Riverside Council of Government’s 22nd annual General Assembly on June 13, according to documents included as part of the San Jacinto City Council agenda for April 2. The council is being asked to contribute $2,500 to sponsor the event.

The agenda also includes a letter from WRCOG Staff Analyst Jennifer Ward confirming Bush’s participation. WRCOG offices were closed Friday, March 29, and Executive Director Rick Bishop could not be reached for comment.

WRCOG is a regional alliance consisting of Riverside County, 17 cities and two water districts. Its General Assembly is an annual event which gets funding from corporate sponsors. Last year’s keynote speaker was Colin Powell, a retired Army general and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Bush, a 66-year-old former Texas governor who was president from January 2001 to January 2009, made nine trips to the Inland area during his two terms. He visited the Mission Inn in Riverside in 1999 and 2003.

How much Bush is getting to speak at Morongo was not immediately available. Since leaving the White House, Bush has been paid at least $15 million in speaking fees, and he charges $100,000 to $150,000 a speech, according to published reports.

The Press-Enterprise
By: Jeff Horseman
Published: March 30, 2013