January 7th, 2009
12:23 PM ET
9 years ago

Bush heading to Texas on Inauguration Day

The President and First Lady will attend a welcome home event in Midland, Texas on Inauguration Day.

The President and First Lady will attend a welcome home event in Midland, Texas on Inauguration Day.

(CNN) –- The White House said Wednesday President Bush will go directly to Midland, Texas after leaving Washington on Inauguration Day.
White House spokesperson Dana Perino said the President and First Lady Laura Bush will leave Andrews Air Force Base, and fly to Midland for a “welcome home event” in Centennial Plaza on the town square. They will fly on one of the jets he used as Air Force One during his presidency, though it will have a different designation that day.
Midland was the site of his send-off rally when he left for Washington before taking office in January 2001. The president lived in Midland as he was growing up, and it is the first lady’s hometown.  
The President and Mrs. Bush will then fly to Waco, and go to their ranch in Crawford for the first night after leaving the White House.

Filed under: Inauguration • Laura Bush • President Bush • Texas
soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. Ted

    Bush looks better already... like the weight of the world is off his shoulders... Cool!

    Good luck, Obama.


    January 7, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Trig

    Going back to the ranch he bought 1 year before declaring in candidacy to dupe the public into thinking he was one of them?

    You don't have to pretend to be a cowboy anymore, George. I'm sure there's a nice place in your home state of Connecticut for you.

    January 7, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Ned

    Isn't their an Island he can go to like "Corsica"

    January 7, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. marlyt51

    I wonder how many people they will have to pay to stand in that crowd?

    January 7, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Irritated in Fl

    Thank you for your service and keeping this country safe Mr. President! You and your wife have done a fine job in representing this nation.

    January 7, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Brent Scott

    Instead of Midland, Bush should go straight to Iraq; walk through the squares outside the green zone (without protection) and see how many shoes are thrown at him then. Only after 4,000+ will he begin to realize that he has blood on his hands for the innocent, dead Americans and Iraqis! SHAME ON YOU BUSH, MAY YOUR DAYS IN TEXAS BE FILLED WITH DISGUST AND REGRET OVER YOUR PRESIDENCY!

    January 7, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Virginia

    Hey Newport News–FYI it is a ten gallon hat and most rich Texan men wear them and ultra-expensive cowboy boots. I lived in Texas in the 80's and while I didn't care for it, at least they are proud of their state and the people who come from it. Bush is NOT an idiot and neither is Laura. Give it up and leave them alone.

    January 7, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Republicrat

    Before all you liberal nut jobs bash all Texans, look around Illinois for a good roll model to show your children. I’d also wait a couple of years and get to know B.O. before I use him as one. Would you use Slick Willie? That leaves Arkansas out.

    January 7, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Betty The Baker

    Ride off into the sunset cowboy!

    January 7, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Mr. Lugo

    Que people posting countdown timers on thier posts in 3, 2, 1 …..

    January 7, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Mike, Albany

    What a stupid picture. Bush: An idiot right to the end. Good riddance, Dubya, and don't ever come back to Washington. We will probably never fully recover from the disaster that was your eight years in office.

    January 7, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. US Marine

    As I look back on his time as president, I try to think of the good things he has done for this country..... This could take a while!
    So thanks Bush for killing my fellow Marines, committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, undermining the constitution & bill of rights, wasting tax payers $$ (that could have been used to save us from the economy your incompetence created), destroying the environment, I know there’s more what else am I forgetting?
    I read a comment on here recently that someone questioned how we could think this man was the worst president in US History, & said that title belonged to Hover or Buchanan. Well, Hover’s downfall was a lack of understanding for the economy, & Buchanan was a lame duck but because he seemed unable to get anything accomplished. Bush on the other hand broke more laws & obstructed justice on a level no one could have every imagined! Now that is why he is considered by most historians to already be considered the worst President in US History! It is my opinion that he is a failed leader on a similar level to Emperor Nero.

    January 7, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Polar Bears Against Palen

    Jan, Bush wouldn't know what freedom is if it came up from behind and bit him on the half-moons.

    January 7, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. RJS22

    I love President Bush. What a great man with a strong sense of morality. More than everyone else, he understood the difference between right and wrong and good and evil. The world will be a much worse and dangerous place without Bush in office. You people will rue the day he left office and we got stuck with Obama.

    President Bush has protected us for the past 7.5 years. No one would have thought this possible. History will see President Bush kindly.

    January 7, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. tom

    Ah yes...the altruism of the liberals appear once more. And they now want us to support THEIR president.

    Good Luck.

    January 7, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. Mike, Syracuse NY

    @Proud American, can you actually put together a coherent sentence without the word 'idiot' in it? For that matter, how about just a coherent sentence?

    January 7, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Chuck

    Jan and Noah: laughing, laughing, laughing, laughing, laughing, even most of the sitting Repulicans now think he blew it big time. Laughing, laughing, laughing.

    January 7, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. John

    All the liberals blame GWB for this financial crisis, when it is the leaders of corporate America that is mostly to blame. Good luck if you think Obama is the savior of these problems. By the way under the Bush administration since 911 America has been safe while other nations have face faced the attacks of terrorists. That is no accident.

    January 7, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. PG

    Good riddance criminal!

    January 7, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Rebecca

    Welcome Home President Bush!!!

    I for one, welcome the Bush's back to Texas! I think President Bush did the best job one could do given the situation he inherited.

    January 7, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. EricAUSA

    God Bless President Bush!!

    Thank you for protecting our homeland since 9/11.
    Thank you for getting us out of the Clinton recession/internet bubble collapse and leading us to five straight years of economic growth. (It is unfortunate that the end of your Presidency coincides with the great housing collapse that was caused in large part by Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and Fannie and Freddie).
    Thank you for taking the offensive in the war against Islamic Terrorism!
    Thank you for ridding the world of Saddam Hussein!
    Thank you for spending money confronting Aids in Africa!
    Thank you for standing up for Israel as its enemies seek its destruction!
    Thank you for making our relationships with Japan, China and the rest of Asia much stronger!
    Thank you for speaking out against injustice, whether it is Islamic terrorists, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez or barbaric Islamic states!

    Thank you, President Bush. You will be missed!

    January 7, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. NJ

    They are probably so happy to leave Washington!!! LOL..I would be tooo

    January 7, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. Patricio

    George W. Bush will be treated well by historians in the future. He will go down as one of our greatest! Good by Mr. President. Thank you for your service.

    January 7, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Cheerful

    *Throws Confetti*

    Goodbye, Sayonara, Peace out, So long, Farewell, Adieu, Auf Wiedersehen...


    January 7, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. Lou in Indian Springs, Al.

    Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Rove and Wolfowitz should be starting their prison sentences for being TRAITORS to our country rather than retiring at taxpayer expense with Secret Service protection and all the other perks they will have. They took a healthy country and turned it into
    a debtor nation, hated by everyone on earth, an economic disaster and so many other wrongs I don't have the space to list them all. I just hope Obama has what it takes to provide the leadership to pull us through all that we face to remake our nation and I believe he does. Lets keep the GOP in the toilet where they belong along with the aforementioned retirees and hope they never resurface in any place or time.

    January 7, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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