January 20th, 2009
04:59 PM ET
4 years ago

Bush's last day: Calls, candy and a flight to Midland


Former President Bush and his family departed the Capitol earlier Tuesday for Andrews Air Force Base. (Mike Roselli/CNN)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - On President Bush's final day in office, painters and cleaning crews were still working in the West Wing press offices. Moving crews heaved boxes and delicately carried paintings bound in bubble wrap. Other moving trucks were unloading boxes and carting them into the White House.

George W. Bush spent Tuesday morning making calls. He rang outgoing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card and former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.

The former president also had a conversation with his good friend the Rev. T.D. Jakes.

Jakes is the chief pastor of the nondenominational megachurch Potter's House in Dallas, Texas. He was in Washington to give a sermon Tuesday at St. John's Church, a short walk from the White House.

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  1. Dave

    I shall miss you Mr. Bush. History will let them know where your heart really was, they'll understand.

    January 20, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Gayle/Veteran

    Thank God Bush is gone!

    Bush lied, over 4,000

    January 20, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. KG, Twin Cities

    Let the renovations begin!

    January 20, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Mike

    Thank you President Bush. We are greatful for keeping us safe.

    January 20, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |


    January 20, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Chris

    Many thanks to President Bush. May God Bless You with a wonderful, restful, peaceful retirement. You made the hard decisions with integrity and principle – though the population as a whole may not appreciate you, or agree, you did what was right and God will bless your efforts to appealing to right and justice instead of polls.

    January 20, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Debra, NY

    Thanks for ruining the future for a good majority of us, George, and don't worry about the mess....(oh that's right, you never did.)

    America, learn from your mistakes, and don't ever let an intellectual flea steal your votes again.

    Goodbye & Good Riddance (now ,where are the subpoenas?)

    January 20, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. Rob

    Gayle/Veteran January 20th, 2009 5:06 pm ET – Yep, the idiots never stop, as shown by Gayle's Post.

    According to your logic then, Clinton and Kerry both lied as well. And nice try on the veteran claim, unless it is veteran of idiocy.

    Clinton didn't do a thing, over 3,000 died (Yep, that's right Gayle. Billy had the chance to get Osama but he didn't. Remember 9/11 you dolt?)

    January 20, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    he sure did keep us safe...unless you live in New York or New Orleans...

    January 20, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Chris in Va.


    January 20, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Bye-Bye

    Thanks Bush, for not protecting us on Sept 11 and letting 3000 people die, for letting the terrorists attack us. Thanks bush, for not landing your plane, or any other planes for that matter, during Katrina. Thanks for the great economy, great deficit, fantastic unemployment rate and the victories in all the wars. Thanks for not catching Bin Laden and thanks for not making our education any better.
    And thanks for taking away my right to privacy with the Patriot Act.

    Have a nice retirement. To screw up that many things, you had to be working hard to mess up so much, you must be tired.

    January 20, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Humored In Texas

    To All The Bushbots:

    If you think history will be kind to fearless, Jet-Pilot, aka The Connecticut Cowboy from Crawford, then you're every bit as smart as he was successful. In other words, NOT VERY!!!

    January 20, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. The Shrub has been shed!

    Gayle, allow me to finish your comment

    "Bush lied, over 4,000 died"!

    January 20, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. PJ

    Once a Cowboy, always a Cowboy! Good Luck on your retirement. I sure hope the country will never elect a President from Texas. What a jacked-up State!

    January 20, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. tired of it all

    Wow, you guys just can't let go. Even President Obama has good things to say about Bush. I spent eight years listening to the "he's not my President" crowd who confuse legitimate dissent with the vitriol thrown President Bush's way. While I didn't vote for President Obama and I disagree with his stated approach to many of the problems we face as a nation, he is my President and I sincerely hope he is successful.

    January 20, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. tlct

    As I reflect on the emotion of this transition of power, may all who make decisions on every level keep in mind that decisions are always best when done for the good of the whole and not the individual.
    God Bless you President Bush.

    January 20, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. uncle jimbo - Chicago

    Too bad Rob has to revert to name calling instead of actual facts –

    Fact number one Rob – Bush was Pres. at Sept 11 2001 –

    It was on his watch that we were attacked.

    Where were you ? He even had prior warnings in his daily presidential briefings – Admit it he eather dropped the ball or plain and simple let it happen.

    Hang in there Gayle, and thank you for your service

    January 20, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Monica

    Thank you President Bush for all you have done for our country! God Bless.

    January 20, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. Greed is not good

    Good riddance! Take your pack of liars with you.

    January 20, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. Independent who woter democrat this yr

    I really wish GW. Bush all the best.. I always though he gave this country all his best except for some irresponsible leaders within is cabinet. As a result, this country is in a mess right now. I hope the pundits will stop bashing him. Ex President Bush, I wish you all the best in your future endeavours. God will richly reward you Sir.

    January 20, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. Craig - Hastings, MN

    I must have been living on the moon. From one lefty to another "God Bless and good luck."

    He should have signed an indictment on Bush FIRST and Cheney Second. Lord what o mess they have left for Obama to clean up.

    January 20, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. Daryl

    Unlike Clinton who left in the Air force One and drawing attention to himself, this humble man stayed out of the limelight and gave the incoming president his day. I am impressed with his humility and honor of the Presidency. History will reveal that he was the man for the hour. We will soon be longing for a President who means what he says and says what he means. You never had to guess where Bush stood. He stood on principles and not polls. God bless you Mr. President

    January 20, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. Thank you President Bush

    For being such a complete incompetent that America elected a half-black liberal as president. Heck of a job, Bushie.

    January 20, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. Shawn - Ga

    Please stop this, I am sad to see so many of you posting such comments. History will tell the type of president Mr. Bush was Be it a positive or a negative, once things we have no was of knowing are known.

    You honestly believe that 1 person made the situation we are in? Really? talk about a scapegoat.

    God Bless all our Presidents.

    January 20, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. Jason

    All the Bush haters need to remember that it is not his fault that 911 happened. You also need to be reminded that you are the kind of people Obama would reprimand. Shame on all of you for disrespecting another human being. God Bless The Bush family.

    January 20, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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