January 29, 2008 — WASHINGTON The most famous Bangladeshi-American, Khwaja Hassan Askari was honoured during President Bush’s State of the Union address to Congress on Monday.
“I never thought in my life that I would be able to meet the president. It was a good speech,” said subway hero Hassan Askari, 20, who fended off a pack of thugs attacking four fellow commuters for wishing them a “Happy Hanukkah.”
Bush told Askari that he was familiar with his story and congratulated him for his selfless act.Than Askari took an autograph of the president.
Earlier Askari made a whirlwind trip to the nation’s capital, the latest in a series of honors he’s received since the Dec. 7 “peace train” encounter. Queens Rep. Joseph Crowley gave the US-born, Bangladesh-raised Askari his only guest ticket and flew him down to DC.
It is to be noted that invitation to The State of the Union is a rare gesture and is the first time for any Bangladeshi-American.
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Edited by Anas Khwaja