January 7th, 2009
12:23 PM ET
5 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. rich

    He should be headed to the Haige instead.

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

    Please don't judge Texas by this man. Remember, he is not a Texan, he is a carpetbagger.

    January 7, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Relieved

    Back to Texas? We should all send a petition to Chuck Norris to go to Waco as Walker, Texas Ranger, and show Bush exactly how tough Chuck is!

    January 7, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Putting aside that it is bush, I imagine that it must be rather emotional for an ex-president to wake up on 21 January with the realization that he really has nothing to do.

    For four or eight years, a President has woken up to morning briefings and the stressful environment of making really tough decisions. Ex-Presidents have to go from that non-stop high stress environment to being unemployed overnight. I can imagine how stressful that is.

    That has got to be one weird feeling.

    January 7, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. bomag

    Please don't judge Texans by him. He is not a Texan. He is a carpetbagger.

    January 7, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. JB

    I don't really give a rip where he goes – just that he's GONE! Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    January 7, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Air Force Nothin'! Good riddance.

    January 7, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Janet in Reno

    Can he go today?

    January 7, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Mac in Michigan

    Good luck and God bless Mr. President. Thank you for defending us all even if we don't all appreciate it!

    January 7, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. clifford

    Holy crap! Bush looks sharp! The Mrs. always looks good though!!

    January 7, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. AnaB

    A Woman In California For Obama:

    I'm an Obama supporter myself, but Bush didn't do anything wrong in regard to the Blair House. It simply wasn't available and normally isn't until I believe 5 days before inaugeration day. The Obamas didn't seem put off by the denial, they still got to Washington to make sure their girls started school on time.

    January 7, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. ANGIE

    WONDERFUL I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR JAN 20 2009 SINCE NOV 4 2004 OH WHAT A GLORY DAY BUSH GOING BACK TO TEXAS AND BARACK OBAMA SWORN IN YAHOO YIPPIE YAHEE YAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Garry

    Counting the days until you get out of town!
    Jan, you are an idiot!!! What has this idiot of a President done to be blessed by you??? Please NAME them!
    May he never set foot in Washington again! I wish to God he would just dissapear. He has done NOTHING but seperate this country with his hate and his stupidity!
    Good Bye, See ya, So long!

    January 7, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. TCM

    Just when you thought things were bad enough..prior to 20 Jan 09, after 20 Jan 09, they're going to get worse....careful what you ask for libs, ....many more of you will be unemployed, without a home, no savings....because of fiscal irresponsibility on behalf of the Obama administration that will eclipse the mistakes Bush made.....it's going from the frying pan into the fire! ECONOMICS 101 – you don't increase a tax burden, or further government spending in a recessionary economy......People want change...I do to, but the blindness of the country to elect a bafoon who's never even led a shift at McDonald's....well, you get what you pay for, and in your haste have something...the buzzwords of "Change," and "Hope," sound good, but this selfish democratic fiasco has no intentions of providing either...that's unfortunate, so many believers, yet the results aren't going to be there. So sad for all of us...this cheerleading, party atmosphere will end...and the recession will get deeper....all because of the "me first," "get out the vote,' "lack of any financial sense," population that voted in this regime....let the games begin!

    Go ahead, call me bitter, angry...I'm not, it's more of a sad thing; to know that my country could've pulled together and fixed things, however, more problems were brought about. We were supposed to fix the problems Bush left behind, not add to them!

    January 7, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Happy Reader...

    *Throws Confetti*

    Goodbye, Sayonara, Peace out, So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen...
    :)

    January 7, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. ANGIE

    Oh one more thing President Elect please have the White House scrubbed and open the Windows to rid of the Bush Filth, Lies, and Corruption and Barack you might want to think about having the White House Blessed by a Presit before you move in to rid of the Bush evilness and Bad Doings that were done while bushie was there! JAN 20 2009 OH WHAT A GLORY DAY FOR AMERICA AND THE WORLD!

    January 7, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Trust

    Thank god. Hope he can leave the country that would be better.

    January 7, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. H-Town

    Why stop in Texas? Go to South America. Peru somewhere............mountains......jeez.

    January 7, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Larry in Houston

    I'm glad that he's not coming to Houston....We have a Democratic Mayor here in Houston, and there is no deficit here, and people are working & spending money here like crazy ! and needless to say, there
    are plenty of decent paying Jobs here !

    Larry C.
    Houston, Texas

    January 7, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Mike Pittsburgh

    Crook … Criminal … I presume the people writing this have information on the trials and convictions of Bush, Cheney, Rove, etc that the rest of us do not have. Can you please inform us of the details? Or at least about the indictments, surely there must be grand jury indictments? Lacking these, since you apparently have all the evidence needed for indictments and trials sure to produce multiple convictions, please contact Pelosi and Reid. I'm sure they will even let you conduct the prosecution with all the indusputable evidence you have in hand.

    January 7, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Mike in Dallas

    It's nice to see that "Freedom Of Speech" is still alive and well in America. As a military veteran of 12 years, I know and defend the rights and freedoms of all Americans and it allies at any cost. With that said, some people tend to take these freedoms a little overboard and sound like total idiots in the process. Does anyone remember Sept 11th 2001 and the impact it made on changing America forever? Do I agree with the wars overseas? Yes. Am I dissappointed in how they have been mishandled? Absolutely yes. President Bush could have done a better job, but I am not the president and I have no idea what all goes on that the press never finds out about. He doesn't work on a timeclock, it's 24/7/365. How many of you out there work those hours? Could you have done a better job? For those of you that said yes, I expect to see your names on the next election ballots because obviously we have been missing your expert guidance in foreign affairs. Did all of you bash President Clinton like this when he left office? You remember him, right? The one who let Bin Ladin do as he pleased for all those years. The one who had sexual relations with a young intern in the oval office and lied about it. It's disgusting to me to read some of these messages from obvious liberal democrats who enjoy nothing more than to bash a man who wasn't manager of the local McDonald's, but the leader of America and the free world. Have you ever made a mistake in your job?

    SSgt Michael Thomas, USMC 86-98
    Registered Republican who Voted for Obama.

    January 7, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. TCM

    Angie, you should go back to school and learn proper grammar and spelling...or are you one of those drop-out, entitlement hounds...who, not knowing one of the issues at hand, voted for Obama because he's black, or because some ACORN Zombie handed you $10?

    Bush kept all of us safe, unfortunately, even you shortsighted morons that post here bashing his every breath. You're so brainwashed by the Obama corruption train, that before you open your mouths, you should really not rely on the MSM to provide facts, but research data. Too many votes were either handed to Obama through ignorance, or bought by ACORN scum money....paybacks are hell, and the next 4 yrs will be your payback.....

    January 7, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Carrie Goodeagle Hayden, Idaho

    Can we file war crime charges on the 22nd against both Bush and Cheney?

    January 7, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Proud Republican

    Thank you for your time that you served this country Mr. President, I know that with such a stressfull job like being the president no one can get everything right,a dn im sure there are things we all we like to have done differently in hindsight, hopefully this democrats that continue to bash you can realize this as well....Would like to hopefully meet you one day as well!

    January 7, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. We're NOT "your friends"!!!

    The day couldn't come soon enough. Please don't allow this man to leave the state of Texas again!

    January 7, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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