George and Laura Bush Drop by Romney HQ

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Former President George W. Bush addresses attendees at the Bush Center Freedom Collection event in Dallas, in this March 28, 2012 photo.

Mitt Romney's campaign staff in Boston got an unexpected pep talk this morning when former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura stopped by.

In Boston visiting a charter school, the Bushes were introduced by Ann Romney and greeted by huge applause from Romney staffers, according to a person familiar with the meeting. The visit was confirmed by the Romney campaign.

The former president praised the steady leadership of campaign and encouraged staffers present "to seize the moment."

Bush has seen approval ratings rise since he left office, but he is still a divisive figure and has not been a major factor in Romney's campaign. Bush only endorsed Romney when asked by an ABC News reporter who he would support.

Likewise, Bush will not be attending the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida later this summer.

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