December 4th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Bushes announce purchase of post-White House home

The first family will move to Dallas after President Bush leaves office.
The first family will move to Dallas after President Bush leaves office.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President and Mrs. Bush will be moving to Dallas after Mr. Bush leaves office, the White House announced Thursday.  “The President and Mrs. Bush have purchased a home in the Preston Hollow neighborhood in Dallas, Texas,” Sally McDonough, Mrs. Bush’s press secretary, said in the statement.

The Bushes lived in Dallas from December 1988 through January 1995. They moved to Austin after Mr. Bush was elected Texas governor in November 1994.  The president was partial owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team during part of their time living in Dallas.

During the latter part of Bush’s presidency, the first lady had made it known that Dallas would be their primary residence after leaving the White House, not the president’s beloved Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas.

“I like Crawford,” the president told a crowd at a Houston fundraiser in July.  “Unfortunately, after eight years of asking [the first lady] to sacrifice, I’m now no longer the decision maker.”  The Bushes will continue to spend some time at the ranch, according to the statement.

As to the specifics of their new home, the Bushes “do not have occupancy of the home, and therefore, no additional details will be provided,” McDonough said.

soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. Barbara

    How wonderful for them. We're starving and losing our jobs to foreigners and losing our homes – but then he is an OIL MAN.

    December 4, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. J.C.

    It's a great time to buy a house. It's good for the economy.

    December 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Dee

    I live in Dallas...this is very depressing...even more depressing than the announcement of layoffs at AT&T...the company I work for....talk about a bad news day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. JD

    I'm glad he's moving. REALLY, REALLY, REALLY glad.

    December 4, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. mgb in Houston

    I celebrate that we are only weeks away from finally being rid of Bush.
    I cant think of a better scene possible then to see him depart the White House and for President Barak Obama to take it.
    Unfortunately though he is coming back to Texas and frankly I would rather see him moving to Florida or Ohio since those two states deserve him most.

    December 4, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. chris @ stl

    Mr. Bush .... now we know why you drove the economy to ditch .... you wanted to buy a house real cheap!

    December 4, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. a REAL American

    Why did Bush's press secretary reveal the neighborhood they're moving to? Now every idiotic, conspiracy-theory liberal is going to try to do something stupid, like chain themselves to a tree in Bush's yard!

    December 4, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Noah

    Barbara- Oh, you pathetic sorry individual. You are right, the government should take carry of your every need. You keep staying home and posting on CNN.com all day and I will keep giving you my hard-earned tax dollars so you do not have to work. YOu liberals hate anyone who has money, has ever been succesful, or works harder than you do (which is not hard).

    December 4, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. chris @ stl

    @barbara .... No!!! the foreigners are in bigger trouble.

    December 4, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. FreeNLovIt

    I think the prisons are full so he's lucky.

    December 4, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Bush states: "Unfortunately, after eight years of asking [the first lady] to sacrifice, I’m now no longer the decision maker.”

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    It's unfortunate for our country that you had those eight years to begin with!!!

    December 4, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Crap! You mean he will be my neighbor? Go back to Crawford you pin head!

    December 4, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. chuck

    HEY!!! THE OIL MONEY IS BEING PUT TO USES.

    December 4, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Average Joe

    Is George going to condem the property, find a loser sports team and have the taxpayers of Texas buy the team build the house and then sell his interest in the property like he did with the Texas Rangers? This guy and his crew are the worst demonstration of politics with no ethics. I for one can not wait for him to be GONE!!! Even though I did not vote for Obama, because of his lack of experience, even he will be a breath of clean fresh air. I hope Obama, is a good President we do deserve that much as a nation.

    GOOD BYE GEORGE THE RAIL IS WAITING TAR AND FEATHERS ARE A GO. JUST GO AWAY YOUR KIND OF POLITICS GIVES INCOMPETENT, A NEW DIFFINITION AND FELLA IT IS LOWER THAN A TEXAS OILMAN, except T.Boone I do like him.

    December 4, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Petena

    ...and how much is this house?

    December 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. FreeNLovIt

    My dog has a white house?

    December 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. The New GOP

    Don't you think A PRISON is better place to move to?

    after......
    1.....bankrupting America,
    2... shipping almost all manufacturing jobs abroad
    3....talking America into an unnecessary war in Iraq, and
    4....showing total disrespect for our laws, liberties, and constitution,

    .............you and you Cheney should rather be preparing to go to Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) and be tortured for more info about all the evil things you did whilst in office

    _____________________________________________________

    *** The 13 Goals of the reformed Republican Party ***

    1. Attack Iran

    2. Ban Gay Marriage

    3. Death to Rove v. Wade

    4. More Tax-cuts for the Rich

    5. More Freedom for Wall Street

    6. More Spying on the American people

    7. Better healthcare for the Rich & Healthy

    8. More Drilling opportunities for Exxon-Mobile

    9. More tax-cuts for companies that ship jobs abroad

    10. More Guns in our homes, streets, schools, & shopping malls

    11. More freedom to pollute, forget the liberal environmentalists agenda

    12. Stop giving food stamps: Tell the poor to get rich; then they will get a tax-cut.

    13. Declare War on Science: Ban Stem Cell Research, & Promote Abstinence-Only Sex Education

    December 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. bsmith171

    deport bush to mexico!

    December 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. boered1

    How can anyone complain about this article?

    he is leaving the white house... a good thing
    he is going to texas to be with his own kind.. another good thing (at least he isnt coming to where I live)
    he is not making decisons anymore.. a GREAT thing

    overall a good article.. and a good riddance

    December 4, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. obama-mama

    Well hopefully they won't go into foreclosure like the people on mainstreet...It must be nice to completely screw up an entire country with a war that was not needed and still cannot be explained, then have Christmas parties and then buy a brand new home. It's as if he robbed us and is rubbing it in our face. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G....

    December 4, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. Relieved

    Wait- the president's wife is influencing his decisions? So maybe the mess we are in isn't all his fault....

    December 4, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. kim

    Great for them. They have no money or job worries...after Mr. Bush trash the country he will be living it up. Good for him....GOD DON'T LIKE UGLY..THOUGH!!

    December 4, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. Unemployed

    I'm glad he's able to buy a home while the rest of us are losing ours!! I liked his joke about how he knows how it feels to lose a (white) house and a job... NOT FUNNY YOU MORON!

    December 4, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. Matt

    I tend to think she told him he wasn't allowed to make any decisions because of how all the decisions he made over teh past 8 years turned out, not just because they're taking turns.

    December 4, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. Al

    Barbara...are yor REALLY starving??? REALLY???

    December 4, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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