January 19th, 2009
07:16 PM ET
9 years ago

Bush family bids second sad farewell to White House

The Bushes are bidding farewell to the White House.

The Bushes are bidding farewell to the White House.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - One night before their son turns the White House over to Barack Obama, a melancholy former President George Herbert Walker Bush and his wife Barbara made an impromptu visit to the press briefing room on Monday and chatted with reporters about how much they will miss the building they have called home on and off for a couple of decades.

"We will miss coming and going, but it's time to move on," said the former President, who has been a frequent visitor during his son's two terms in office. "The Bushes are going to a happy life."

When a reporter suggested perhaps former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will take the White House back someday, the former President smiled, "Maybe Jeb will do something. I'd like to see him try."

The former First Lady said the hardest part of the night is saying good-bye to the White House residence staff a second time in just over a decade. "In tears twice," she said, her eyes still visibly red.

But Mrs. Bush, who appeared to be in good health after a recent stay in the hospital, added that she and her husband are looking forward to attending Obama's inauguration. "Very exciting day," she predicted.

In addition to the Inaugural, the former First Family is attending a final dinner at the White House with current President Bush, First Lady Laura Bush and their two daughters, Barbara and Jenna.

As the former First Family left the briefing room, some reporters and photographers spontaneously started clapping out of respect. The ex-President, who was using a long walking stick to get around, quipped, "You didn't clap when I was President, what the hell is going on?"

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  1. James

    Not as sad as we are, you treasonous morons.

    January 19, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  2. Maggie SC

    I hope President Bush, that Obams is not able or unwilling to reverse the "Mexico City policy" reinstated in 2001 by Bush that prohibits U.S. money from funding international family planning groups that promote abortion or provide information, counseling or referrals about abortion services. It bans any organization receiving family planning funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development from offering abortions or abortion counseling.
    I would hope that Obama would leave well enough alone. there are too many unborn babies snatched from the womb and killed by a cruel methord. God;s justive will prevail in the end and those involved will realize too late the evil deeds they have commited, I am thankful you had did what you could to save the babies.

    January 19, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  3. Colin

    I thought this day would never come thank God Bush is finally out of office. It'll be so nice to have some respect in the world again. Bush screwed up everything he messed with, now it's time to start the long haul of fixing it all....hope you enjoy your new $2 million dollar home George while the rest of us deal with the recession you put us in.

    Maggie if you don't believe in abortion then don't have one easy as that. Don't pull a republican/conservative move where if it's not what you believe in it's completely wrong for everyone. Obama isn't officially doing it so lets not bring it up in a response section that has nothing to do with the topic you're discussing.

    January 19, 2009 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  4. Paulman

    Just wanted to clarify that this article is about Former President George Herbert Walker Bush, not the current (till later tonight?) George W. Bush.

    Also, I found the last part of the story both hilarious and fascinating (about the press clapping out of respect, and Pres George H. W. Bush's quip).

    January 20, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |