"The days are dark now, but they're going to get better."

By Meghan Overdeep
George Bush with SMU Football Player
Credit: SMU Football

On Tuesday, former president George W. Bush made his annual visit to a Southern Methodist University football practice. But with the devastation in nearby Harvey-ravaged Houston on everybody's mind, the Texas resident's yearly pep talk took a somber turn.

"I know there's some people from Houston here, and the Houston area, and I know you're going through a really tough time," Bush told the players. "And just know that there will be a lot of people that are going to help you."

"The country right now, they're recovering and the key thing on the recovery is to keep people safe," Bush, wearing a red SMU cap, continued. "Then it's going to be rebuilding and if you're from that area, you'll be amazed at the people who come down there to help. All kinds of people."

George W. Bush Giving Pep Talk at SMU
Credit: SMU Football

The former Texas governor ended on a positive note, offering words of encouragement to the young athletes and all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. "The days are dark now but they're going to get better," he said.

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