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. Sarge in Florida

    I just have to say Thank God there is a GOD...Jeb Bush announced that he will NOT seek the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Martinez..Said that the timing was off. Yeah right, maybe it's because the people of Florida are getting smarter and would say "NOMORE BUSHES NEAR THE WHITE HOUSE AGAIN". I thank my fellow Floridians was sending this message to Jeb. And now to the current Bush..Who is paying for these to flights back to Texas? We taxpayers again? He should take a Greyhound bus back....Let him sit in the back of the bus like he done to the American public for the last 8 years.

    January 7, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. CH in Maine

    Dear Jan and those like you,

    I have no hate to spew. George W Bush simply put is the worst president ever. From his policies to his reckless disregard for science. From his appointments to his cocky attitude he represents not only the worst administration in our history but considering the safe-guards of our constitutional democracy, his was the worst presidency possible under our system.

    All of my animosity towards our W stems from the actions that he has taken as chief executive. The minute he leaves office that all goes away.

    Which brings up an interesting point for you Obamaphobes out there. Don't you think you should actually wait until President-elect Obama does something before complaining?

    One other thing for you Obama haters. I can sympathize with you not liking the outcome of an election........ just think how upset you would be if McCain had won the election and the Supreme Court turned around and gave it to Obama.

    January 7, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |

    Good riddance ..................

    January 7, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. nickdog

    SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYA. Don't come back you hear. Do you have to stop at TX? Why don't you just keep on going past ole TX until you can't go anymore? We don't want you here anymore don't you get it? The bottom of my shoes to ya GWB. What a low life you are. You have caused much pain for people all over the world. I hope you have a long life to see how you have messed up our world and the lives of many people. All that money with nowhere to go and be loved. My shoes will be facing up as you fly over.

    January 7, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Ken

    Crawford ranch? More like campaign stage prop. He never laid eyes on it before he ran in 2000. In six months, the "ranch" will be quietly sold.

    January 7, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Greed is not good

    C YA! Your Mexican friend said you are a FAKE Cowboy! Don't bother.

    January 7, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. rohan

    Goodbye Mr Bushed. The World is so depressed from your 8 years of mismanaged, so-called, messed-up, big stick policies, total disregard for humanity, and outright .... failure. You tried to try, but you just didn't have the Brain for the job.

    January 7, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Mikel

    Just for that one day, Waco should change it's name to Wacko in honor of the president's arrival.

    January 7, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. as

    To the lady in Calif –

    What did Bush do regarding Blair House?
    If you are referring to the idea that the residence was reserved for the time being & he didn't bump whoever was staying there simply because the Obamas wanted it prior to them normally being entitled to it then he DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT!! The incoming president & his family are allowed to move into Blair House a specific amount of days prior to the inauguration. The Obamas are in DC way early to make the transition easy on their children (kudos to them for that) but that doesn't mean they are entitled to Blair House just because they are in town

    January 7, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. MDM

    People here need to be better informed..the Blair House is where the Obama's will be prior to inauguration, only issue was Obama wanted it in time for his children to start school (about a week earlier than traditionally requested)

    And if you think the President actually schedules occupancy of the Blair House, you are even bigger idiots than you sound on these blogs.

    January 7, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Homer

    Is there any chance he might go earlier?

    January 7, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. FrankH

    I guess Jan is still looking for one. I for one thank him for "bushisms". Too funny.

    January 7, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Darryl

    Why is Bush claiming he is a Texan? I have been a Texan all my life, but Dubya Bush is afraid of livestock!!! That is his biggest fear....What true cowboy do you guys know that is afraid of cattle? I am not a cowboy and I am not afraid of horses. He should go back to Conneticut instead....

    January 7, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Hallelujah

    What a glorious day it shall be.

    May God protect Obama!

    January 7, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. G

    Sorry texas but great news for Washington and the world.

    January 7, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. AlanBTR

    Goodbye to President Bush!! I'll miss you like I miss the flu!

    January 7, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. clysly

    Bye Bush! I've been waiting for this moment since November 2000!

    January 7, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. Proud American

    Americans please stop all this hate. George Bush is YOUR fault. Your experiment failed miserbly. I hope you now realize without a doubt, that you can't take a IDIOT out of a village and turn them into the President of the United States. I honor you for trying to change the life of Idiots, but please never again try to make one a President. Thank You Texas but please keep this one inside your border.

    January 7, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. MikeH

    I predict Bush will be heading to Argentina soon, to escape prosecution for war crimes.

    January 7, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Patrick

    You served our country well, thank you.

    January 7, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Brian

    ding dong the dummy's (almost) gone!!!

    January 7, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. chuck


    January 7, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Wheres Delaware?

    @Jan.It must be nice to sit home and post on here all day and night and care about only one issue and not give a hill of beans about anyone else.Ive seen alot of selfish people on here but you take the cake.Maybe you should be praying for your own vision to clear .up

    January 7, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. HaHa

    Two fingers! Peace out!

    January 7, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Big Ed

    See ya! Wouldn't want to be ya! By the way, nice hat!!

    January 7, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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