President George Bush, Sr., First Lady Barbara Bush & Daughter Doro Visit
It was Friday morning, September 25, 2015, we received the call confirming President George Bush, Sr., First Lady Barbara Bush and their daughter Doro along with friends, staff and the secret service men would be arriving at the saloon by 1 pm. Bentley who seldom is nervous about anything admitted, "OMG this is huge, I'm nervous, I'm not sure what I should say or what I'm going to say." Only management and Bentley knew one of our biggest moments in the history of our saloon was going to happen that afternoon. As we gathered in the parking lot awaiting their arrival, patrons had an idea something was about to go down as the secret service men, even though casually dressed, were not the usual regulars at the bar on a Friday for lunch.
Moments later, several vehicles pulled into the parking lot and President Bush was wheeled out, and as we amusingly noted the President did come appropriately dressed as he planned for his visit at the saloon. Barbara chuckled as she explained to us why he had a certain pair of socks on for the day!
Confirming the repeated comments about President Bush's family, we agree "they're down to earth, friendly folks." They spent about an hour and a half at the saloon, chatting, posing for pictures with staff, veterans and a few rangers. They were very inquisitive about the saloon atmosphere and what the hog was about. Daughter Doro even rode the hog with our manager Brandy! They had burgers, beers & lobster stew, and we heard they'll be back again! Giving us a thumbs up picture as they exited. It was one of those memories we'll never forget. We are so honored and thankful.
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Here are a few comments from Fox & Friends Facebook page
Susan Kanaley Frye Bentleys in Maine is a great biker bar. I bet Pres. Bush had a great time. I know I've always had a great time there.
Like · Reply · 1 · October 5 at 3:11pm
Jodi Crisera Kelly Bentley's is a well known, very popular place right near the Bush compound! Not what anyone would think of as a typical "Bike Bar"! The Bushes are well liked in the area and other than occasional haters (usually tourists) people are always excited to see them and the Bushes in turn, are extremely cordial and outgoing!
Like · Reply · 3 · October 5 at 3:05pm · Edited
This one is interesting - does this person think Bentley is Willie Nelson? Not the first time, we've heard this….
Yoshi Yasui That's a great photo with Willie and your loved ones. Please get well soon and wish you the best.
Like · Reply · October 6 at 7:11am
Julia Hart Everyone has a big smile on their faces. Happy for you all and I am glad that Bentley's made it in the news.Krista was wearing one of your T-shirts on Saturday
Dana Klenotic Capels The owner of that bar is former USAC race driver Bentley Warren!
Like · Reply · October 5 at 7:39pm
Linley York Of course he would be in a Biker Bar! Love that guy!
Like · Reply · 1 · October 5 at 9:36am
Judy Carpenter Hope I can go to a bar when I am 91. Best wishes to him and family...
Like · Reply · 2 · October 5 at 7:29am
Donna Newell Holland Bentley's is indeed a biker bar, but the also have great food and welcome everyone. You don't need to be a biker to go there. They also host awesome bands. If you are ever in the area, give them a try!
Like · Reply · 5 · October 5 at 6:14am
Joe Howard Bentley's!
Like · Reply · October 5 at 11:10am
Maryellen Ayers truly cracks me up that The Bush's would even think of going to Bentley's....since it is a Biker joint !!!
Like · Reply · October 5 at 2:35pm
Toni Welnhofer 91 and still enjoys a cup of beer, thats all American!!
Like · Reply · October 5 at 12:07pm
Julie Darling Winkle I've been here to BENTLEY's!!
Like · Reply · October 5 at 9:58am
Elizabeth Ann Williams Terrio A biker bar! How cool is he?!!!!!
Like · Reply · October 5 at 1:57pm
Terry L Sweeny But did he have a cold frosty beer????
Like · Reply · October 5 at 7:41pm
Sandy Slater Barnaby Cool old folks go to biker bars!!!
Like · Reply · October 5 at 11:47am
Gwenda Oates A bikers bar!!! Has Barbara bought a Harley?
Like · Reply · October 5 at 9:06am
Mary Surdyke Berblinger Yay. A biker bar. These two really know how to live.
Like · Reply · October 5 at 10:29am
Mary Ann Lahan Know Bently's well!
Like · Reply · October 5 at 9:06am
Jeff Richards Good for him having a cold draft.
Like · Reply · October 5 at 10:13pm
Marion Gearhart cool - a biker bar - he is one cool dude!
Like · Reply · October 5 at 8:54am
Grace Thorne driven by several times...nice to see the inside...
Like · Reply · October 5 at 11:31pm
Debra Ebersole Such nice pictures, thanks for sharing
Like · Reply · October 6 at 12:30am
DaveandDi Deering Out bentleys on our 2016 summer schedule!
Like · Reply · October 5 at 6:56pm
Brian Sheridan The Best people go to Bentleys. Great food and entertainment.
Like · Reply · October 5 at 8:39am
Eric Thee Red Whats super awesome is the picture where he has 2 beers sitting in front of him. Guy can throw it back! Old guys rule!!
Like · Reply · October 5 at 10:06pm
Dody Salesky Roy hey Carolyn we went there remember??
Like · Reply · October 6 at 10:14am · Edited
Lisa JoEllen What?!?!?! I love Bentleys! I live an hour north of it. I wish I was there on that day frown emoticon what an amazing experience it would have been to meet him!
Like · Reply · October 5 at 10:14pm
Mark Wilson Great photos and great news! Barbara looks amazing!
Like · Reply · October 5 at 7:19am
John Denniston The Bar is owned by Bentley Warren one of the greatest short track racing drivers of all time, and an avid motorcycle rider.
Like · Reply · October 5 at 11:19am
Sheila Hume Harris They are having so much fun. Good for them.
Like · Reply · October 6 at 11:12am