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Washington, D.C., is its usual blur of hustle and bustle on this overcast afternoon. People scurry to and from government offices while a steady stream of cars whizzes down the city's famous streets.
Around 4:30, in the midst of all this everyday hubbub, George Strait is humbly accepting one of the country's most prestigious awards, the National Medal of Arts. And he's receiving the honor in the White House - from President George W. Bush himself!
The two stand together in the Oval Office as the President lets fellow Texan George know how much he loves his music. George, in turn, draws a smile from the nation's chief executive with a whispered remark.
Of all George's triumphs - including 38 No. 1 singles, scores of awards and million-selling albums - the National Medal of Arts is certainly his crowning achievement. George can hardly believe where he is - and that a small-town guy from Poteet, Texas, has been chosen for this honor.
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-- Story by Bob Paxman