January 30th, 2010
12:29 PM ET
4 years ago

George H. W. Bush visits White House

Former President George H. W. Bush met with President Obama Saturday at the White House.
Former President George H. W. Bush met with President Obama Saturday at the White House.

Washington (CNN) - Former President George H. W. Bush returned to the White House for a rare Saturday morning meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, but administration officials said no specific issue was on the agenda.

The former president was in town for the Alfalfa Club dinner on Saturday night and just wanted to sit down with Obama to talk, officials said. His son Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, accompanied him for the visit.

When asked how the meeting went as they departed the White House, former President Bush called it a "good meeting."

Another son, former President George W. Bush, returned to the White House for the first time since leaving office two weeks ago for a meeting with Obama and former President Bill Clinton on relief efforts for Haiti.

President Obama will not be attending the Alfalfa Club dinner Saturday. The Alfalfa Club is a social organization of politicians and corporate executives that puts on an exclusive annual dinner, which is closed to the press.

soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. seebofubar

    I suspect that Obama got a good schooling from Bush. At least I hope so, that spoiled brat need to be taked down a few pegs.

    January 30, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    I hope the veteran Bush gave him a nice, good talk. Not so much to give him advice but showing him how this game is played.

    January 30, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. Jo-Ann, uniondale, ny

    @seebofubar,,,don't be mad at President Obama because he is an intelligent man....intelligence to you haters is arrogance.

    January 30, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. GE in MD

    Oh, c'm'on! Seebofubar – let's stop this constant vitupteration. Civil discussion and debate will produce better results than the villification.

    January 30, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. billy123

    I think it was great thay President George H W Bush stopped by and maybe he will help President Obama get the Republicans to the table and really stop this crash and burn from the Republicans.

    January 30, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Jarosz

    Since he left office and more so recently I have grown to admire George senior more since he has lost his right wing rhetoric.

    I have read many, many articles over the years and I have noticed that regardless of what the left says, the right finds fault. When you point things out, you are attacking them. They attack like a rabid dog and they believe this is simply ok. The right can not even agree with the center these days, they have one rule, my way or the highway and it is divisive to the max, please people, come back to planet earth and work with us, you are not the 100% majority and you need to work with others as they are working with you.

    I may not agree with the way Obama has handled the past year, but I also see how special interest groups have gone to the max to discredit what he is trying to do, simply to make political points, yes the left did that to bush, the right to Clinton, the left to bush and Reagan yada, yada, yada…

    Let me ask you who are those special interest groups? I will guarantee they aim to profit it what they support happens, and they DO NOT care about the people or this country. Wake up folks, they do not care and they will destroy all that get in their way.

    You should all find ways to help this nation, its people and its great moral standards that eroded over the past decades. Stop disagreeing just because your favorite talk show host says so. What makes them so dang smart and you so dumb you can only repeat what they tell you?

    January 30, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. 8 Years of the Bush Error = Recession and Record Unemployment for ? Years.

    The last Red I voted for President.

    Given the state of the republiklan party today, a safe bet that he will be the last republiklan I will ever vote for public office.

    January 30, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. DBS in Dallas

    I say GOOD. We need to start talking rather then tearing down. We all are Americans. Neither party has the answers. At least Obama is trying. Thank you.

    January 30, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Watch out people, this is no more than an attempt to get Jeb In the WH. No more Bushes, please.

    January 30, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Cindy

    It would be nice to see Americans come together. I am so sick of the partisan bickering that is going on in our country. The constant divide. We let this go on and we all nourish it and pick our sides and play the game. When are people going to wise up and realize that we are all Americans, and we need to come together?

    January 30, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Robert

    seebofubar, what a shameful comment..

    Just how would you have President Bush 'school' President Obama? To be more like a republican? Do we really need to be that partisan?

    I like Bush because as a former President, he does not have to worship at the alter of the Tea Partiers, which breed partisanship. Former presidents are always good examples to their party. I remember Bill Clinton asking the question in 2004, "Am I the only Democrat who likes George Bush?"

    It was a good question.

    January 30, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. britello-fl

    Please stop the insults it only shows ignorance, and we already had enough of that for the last 8 years, lets try to work and resolved or get out of the way.

    January 30, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. KO

    Seebofubar and others like him are just determined to continue to divide us. I didn't vote for George HW Bush, but I admire the volunteer/relief work he's done and am happy to see he and Obama talking–there needs to be more of this type of thing, not less.

    January 30, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. britello-fl

    I know why Bush went there just to say we are smart too.

    January 30, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. polly

    Maybe he gave him some Texas talk.

    January 30, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Josh Henderson

    Spolied Brat, Ignorent, and many other things people are saying about the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Get you clue you morans, have some respect. The Democratic leadership is getting a bad wrap for not working with Republicans, however a day after a important meeting with the GOP, they send our Mrs.Collins to tear down the progress of the day. I am tired of all aspects of the Government

    January 30, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Mad Matt

    Compared to "W", "H.W." was the embodiment of all the founding fathers combined with FDR and Churchill.
    Even though I did not vote for H.W., he was a decent man while in office.

    January 30, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. Dave C - NJ

    Obama is smarter than you or anyone you've ever met. He's got good ideas that you conservative goons twist around because of your history of failures. You can't be honest because you are hiding behind what we've all learned over the last 30 – 40 years. That conservative principals are good for the rich and big business and bad for the environment and everyone else.
    So you have to lie and twist the truth to garner support.

    January 30, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Gordon

    No one doubts President Obama's intelligence. it is his judgment and values that many question. Why put the 'right' of an 'enemy combatant' like Abdulmutallab to legal representation ahead of the need of the American public to be safe from terrorist attack. Yet that is precisely what this highly intelligent man did. In this case I must fault either his judgment or his values. Very intellegent people often make errors in judgment or embrace values different from the norm.

    January 30, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. joe smith

    Senior just showed the man the Real color of money..maybe the fog will lift from the new administration..finally

    January 30, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. Vigla

    Franky, Sr. Bush was probably the last decent Republican. Today's Republican does not resemble him and what he supported at all. A shame, really, because Reps have backed them selves into such a corner that they are now caricatures. Just look at what Obama did to them at the Q&A session. Republicans need to open up, get some new ideas instead of the old, tired, across the board tax cuts and limited government meme... People don't want to hear that anymore. IT DOESN'T WORK WHEN TAXES ARE ALREADY LOW!!!

    January 30, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Otto

    This is good news for the present administration and for the country as a whole. We need more civil discussions and more openness to get problems solved.
    I think both HW and GW were welcome and treated well and they knew going there; they would have good conversations. It is time people understand that pass and present Presidents have a lot in common and they talk like grown men. No like "seebofubar" seems to think, through arrogance and stupidity.

    January 30, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. annie against biased news

    This is interesting – wonder what barry 'chavez' obama had to say to Pres. Bush? Must not have been a good meeting barry 'chavez' obama didn't make a photo-op out of it.

    January 30, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. Gil Oberdas

    Speaking of bush's! The Clinton-bush Haiti Relief Fund! Has anybody seen GW since he was named to this office? At least the senior bush deserves our respect!

    January 30, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. matt

    I have been watching the 1992 presidential debates between bush, clinton, and perot. they are great. everyone seems to know what they are talking about and they don't shy away from any issue.

    January 30, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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