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. marc

    He should go to New Orleans instead...we don't want him here...an embarrasment to us conservatives! And I agree....us Texans know how to balance the budget and keep people working....government get out of the way!

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

    Good luck and Thank You President Bush.

    I can't wait to see what all the liberal whack jobs are saying six months from now when it becomes obvious the PE Obama doesn't have a clue...

    January 7, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Marilyn

    Good riddance, George. May we never see or hear from you again.

    January 7, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. marc

    I guess he signed enough contracts (future and present) with the government for the CARLISLE GROUP (his dads company), KBR and Halliburton to be able to carry ($$$$) his great-great grandchildren through their lifes (and their children) at the american public expense. Must be nice to set up his future family forever!

    January 7, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Kenneth

    Folks it doesn't take all of this hostility. "We" elected President Bush to office ... TWICE (and I say "We" even though I DID NOT vote for him but am a member of this GREAT country). Yes he has failed miserably but it's our own doing. So regardless of how you feel about him you can't knock him too hard. If he was doing so terribly there is a thing called an impeachment process that "WE" could have directed "OUR" representatives to implement. Yet "WE" rode the wave hoping things would get better but they obviously did not. While those of you are pointing at Bush as the problem just look at the fingers pointing back at you and accept that "WE" screwed this one up but thankfully "WE" have another chance to rectify the situation if "WE" support the incoming administration and demand that our representatives look out for "OUR" best interests. God speed President bush and welcome aboard President Obama!!!

    January 7, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. ga.

    good -bye, have a good life.

    January 7, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. rbn alexandria, mn

    We only know the whole picture when we see the whole picture so its hard to say anything when perception is chosen by individuals in freedom, that is the point though. The apperance from information we did get, I wish that the White House would not have rolled out the red carpet for Englands number one family as wide as we did so we could have done a little more when France came to visit. Why not have the whole royal brady bunch for a party so nobody is left out?

    January 7, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. james

    Good to know ! --- We`ll move the tar pot to Midland and await his arrival.

    January 7, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Note to Kenneth:

    WE did not ELECT Bush twice. He was appointed once and elected once.

    January 7, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Lisa P

    Why doesn't he just go now? I mean, he was hardly adverse to taking long vacations at "the ranch" back when he could have done things that actually would have made a difference in people's lives. What's one last week of goofing off to this most lame of lame ducks? It would be an entirely fitting end note.

    January 7, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    He should never have left Texas in the first place-the world would have been far better off had he stayed home!

    January 7, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. mm

    Thank You --- Oh, Great Uniter !!!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. Proud American

    TCM January 7th, 2009 2:40 pm ET

    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!
    ______________________________________________________No one is calling you bitter or angry. JUST STUPID.

    January 7, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Mrs Obama 2016-2024

    Poor Texas. It's one place I won't visit. Make sure he does not get out ever again.

    January 7, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. Janice


    I wonder what has happened in your life to make you so mean/angry/evil.

    January 7, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Democrats for Burris

    Thank you Mr. President for Serving our Nation.

    While we might disagree with some of your views, we respect and understand the incredible responsibility you have had on your shoulders for the last 8 years.

    January 7, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Proud American

    Rebecca January 7th, 2009 1:59 pm ET

    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.
    Boy are you an Idiot. I guess he didn't know what to do with a surplus he inherited, world peace, a booming economy, civil liberties and intelligence briefings? Wow I guess you Idiots do stick together.

    January 7, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Proud American

    Mike, Syracuse NY January 7th, 2009 1:57 pm ET

    @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?
    No Idiot I can't. Anymore questions?

    January 7, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Charlize

    2nd attempt to post –CNN didn't post an earlier one of mine here, nor one related to Palin. Do I detect some bias and censorship here?– Here goes again: BUSH SHOULD BE HEADING TO JAIL, INSTEAD OF TEXAS, LUCKY SOB. And about Palin, in a nutshell I said that CNN shouldn't keep posting tabloid articles about her, directed at ignorant people –potential voters– who adore her because "she's one of us", since all they are doing is empowering her to run for president in 2012, and her election is a threat to the country, because she's a nitwit, even a bigger one than Bush. There, let´s see if CNN's censorship is still in full bloom, and I won't see this posted again!

    January 7, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. ran

    Good to see this happen. Unfortunately 8 yrs too late. CNN please when Bush is gone do not report on anything this jerk does in the future. Thank you. And yes post this.

    January 7, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Alan

    "BJ January 7th, 2009 3:02 pm ET

    Good luck and Thank You President Bush.

    I can't wait to see what all the liberal whack jobs are saying six months from now when it becomes obvious the PE Obama doesn't have a clue…"

    Funny you say that about a President Elect who has already mapped out most of his cabinet and plan for the first 100 days still TWO WEEKS before taking office.

    Here's the deal: after EIGHT YEARS of Obama (yes - you will get eight years of him) let's revisit this topic and count the MAJOR MISTAKES made during Bush's eight years and Obama's eight years.

    NO ONE is perfect. EVERYONE makes mistakes. NO PRESIDENT IN HISTORY has made the number of MAJOR blunders Bush has during his tenure.

    The VAST MAJORITY of America is eager to see him disappear from site.

    January 7, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. dallas female

    he is literally, LITERALLY moving 10 mins away from me.
    now i'm going to have to move since they have been covering the neighborhood. i'll be darned if i'm going to let some crazy blow up my house thinking it is his.

    January 7, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. DON

    OK you bunch of losers!!!!!!!! has it ever occured to any of you Bush bashers that a president can only do what congress lets him do?? if bush is sent for war crimes all congress should follow. after all they voted for the war right??

    January 7, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Florida Joe


    January 7, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    George Bush and the Stepford Librarian, Laura, are moving to Dallas and the ritzy neighborhood of Preston Hollow. I guess one grows tired of cultivating sagebrush?!

    The Stepford Librarian is going to write her memoirs. How long does it take to pen a two-page pamplet? And will Laura explain the death of Michael Denton Douglas?

    January 7, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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