December 4th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
9 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. Me


    December 4, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. jang

    a good number of you just sound jealous.

    December 4, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. deb

    To Matt of Chico

    The reason people can't stand Bush is because of all the damage and horrible things he's done over the last years!! Helllloooo, where have you been??? We actually have a REASON! There is no reason at all to hate Obama (unless, of course, you're a racist)! He hasn't done anything yet but he's already being blamed for the mess that Bush and his cronies made! How does THAT make sense!?? Bush is so ignorant, stupid and sociopathic that he doesn't have the heart to even be ashamed of all he's done or "let others talk him into".

    December 4, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Anne E.

    Who cares?
    Personally, I think they should live on that stretch of land which remains devastated by Hurricane Ike.

    December 4, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. Michael

    time will show Bush to be the worst president in history.not only was he arrogant but he lied to the american people on many things like wmd in irag. pretty sad we had to tag along on this miserable 8 year ride. people who defend him are also sad. oh well better things ahead.

    December 4, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    "Jail?" I ask hopefully.

    December 4, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. Dorothy in NC

    I think George W Bush was the worst president of my lifetime but in the spirit of the season, I wish he and Laura well.

    December 4, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. Griff

    I wish you well in your Retirment, Mr Bush... You were a Do'er.. Some do, others just watch....

    December 4, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  9. Gary

    Who's carrying the loan, Exxon Mobile or Chevron?

    December 4, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. Michael

    leave it to those typican right wing borrow and spend conservatives to blame the past 8 years on the previous 8 years

    December 4, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  11. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    I don't care where he lives as long as it isn't in the White House. I really would prefer him living in a jail cell, if I had a choice, with Dick Cheney in the cell next to him.

    December 4, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. sumner

    @Maarlene: "Good luck to George and Laura you did the best you can. Were all not perfect"

    are you serious? EVERY President does the "best he can". The problem is that in Bush's case, it was a very poor job. Bush is already recognized by most historians and analysts as one of the, if not the, worst President in history. An economy in shambles (no, it's not all his fault), an unnecessary war, attacks on civil liberties, torture, signing statements (ie, a refusal to obey the law), a total lack of competence and willingness to analyze issues in depth.....the list goes on and on.

    I don't wish bad things for him. But, his administration was a disgrace.

    December 4, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. Robert O

    "time will show Bush to be the worst president in history."

    Polish your crystal ball cuz' it ain't working. George Bush would have been a good president, had he not listened to the neocons. I wish him well in his post-presidential life.

    December 4, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Bush gets a new home after a lot of Americans have lost their homes.

    December 4, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. Ms. B in California

    Thank God he didn't pick California.

    December 4, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. KG

    Come on down Mr President. Texans love ya!! And, we'll always love anyone who stands up to tyrrany, our enemies, and liberals!!

    December 4, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. Dexter Skagway

    I imagine he is buying it for about $3 from it's former owner Halliburton, who just finished buying it.

    December 4, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |

    To Ed in Santa Fe: You are so right; it is a shame he can't be tried before the Hague Court of International Justice!

    December 4, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  19. Juan Grain

    That Halliburton money spends just fine!

    December 4, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. Alexander Hamilton

    I do not think that President Bush is that bad of a president as everybody says. I just think that he bet with the wrong deck of cards. I wish him a happy retirement.

    December 4, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  21. Steve

    "Well, it must be nice to be above the President of the United States!"

    Actually, it really isn't. I WANT the president to be smarter and more capable than I am. Fortunately, come Jan. 20, he will be. 🙂

    As for Bush, yeah, his new home SHOULD be the Greybar Hotel, but it doesn't look like that's gonna happen. Oh, well. As long as he just goes away, that's fine.

    December 4, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |

    The Bushes are BUYING A MULTI-MILLION DOLLARS HOME WITH LOW INTEREST RATES while millions of americans are losing their homes to FORECLOSURES due to his DEREGULATION policies!

    yes, we all can live in the bushes while they live in palatial mansions with our tax paying dollars!


    December 4, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  23. Patriot

    How far is Preston Hollow from Paraguay? Is it close to Dealey Plaza?

    December 4, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |

    there is a empty plot of land in a planet called mars that the Bushes can make home free of charge. send them there on a no-return space rocket!

    December 4, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. mike


    December 4, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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