January 30th, 2010
12:29 PM ET
5 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. The Prez is cooked....

    From day one since taking office Pres Obama set the tone and course of his Presidency with blinkers on and heading in the wrong direction...what why nothing works for him. Now, Obama wants to redress himself, however the country has lost trust in this man and are no longer willing to follow.......we the people say: " Yea sure" !!!!!

    January 30, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. DM

    The maker of the Clinton surpluss.

    January 30, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. GuyInVA

    I had the good fortune of meeting HW and his wife once. Nice folks. It just seems funny that during the last election cycle, there was so much talk about who was "qualified" to be president (it's a Constitutional issue anyway). Whether it was prior government service, business acumen, size of one's constituency, executive experience, etc., both left and right had their own definition of qualified. Looking back at all of that, it seems HW was the only "qualified" person we've elected for some time... and we gave him one term.

    January 30, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. The Weatherman

    It is obvious.....Obama needs help understanding economics. Clinton has a degree in economics from Oxford. Bush Sr. has an economics degree from Yale. Bush Jr. has a MBA. Reagan listened to Milton K. Friedman, Nobel prize winning economist. Kennedy listened to "all" of Keynes economics ideas instead of just the ones favored by Roosevelt and Truman.

    Learn from history or be doomed to repeat it.

    The Weatherman

    January 30, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Dianne

    I suspect they both talk about hard the job is and there isn't anyway to get prejob experience. Running a company, governor or any other mammoth job can get one ready for the weight of this position. There is a different game in politics today as when the first Bush was President. The world, the country, and the parties are not the same anymnore. There use to be a record of decorum and respect among politicians that no longer exist. Both men are intelligent, so as a result, I donot beleive their was any "schooling" or "game playing" advice given. I beleive their were two gentlemen understanding how the weight of the country and the world rest upon their shoulders. I beleive they were FRIENDS.

    January 30, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. thinkforyourself

    Are you people for real? I can't believe these comments. Did it ever cross your minds that both political parties collude against our interests?

    January 30, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Mlhall

    Maybe he just came by to say hello, or to say President Obama you are the President of the USA do what all Presidents do, work for the people of the great USA. "seebofubar" Why do he need to be taken down a few pegs you are not back in slavery days, the are some men you just can’t taken down a pegs, if you do you may get taken down more than a peg yourself. President Obama do not have to take any thing from any one but the people who put him in Office and it was not you or Mr. Bush, because neither one of you voted for him. I can tell you didn’t because of the way you talk, Mr. Bush vote for John McCain I guess than maybe he didn't.

    January 30, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. John in WV

    Anytime both parties can sit down, talk and be civil with one another, it will benefit the American people. The American people deserve a government that puts them first and throws partisan stubborness in the back seat.

    January 30, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. henrietta

    Seebofubar: The "spoiled brat" you refer to is the President of the United States, elected by the majority of the electorate. You may have forgotten that the whole point of democracy is majority rules – something you right-wingers seem to have overlooked when you decided to try to bring down the administration. At the expense of the citizenry.

    And if there were an actual spoiled brat in the President's offic, it was Bush, Jr. who goofed his way through Yale, let Daddy buy him a basebvall team, dodged his military service and didn't show up for duty, and was appointed by the Supreme Court after winning only a minority of the vote. Pot, black as my husband always says.

    January 30, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. petena

    I am so evr proud of my President, Barack Obama. The man is intelligent. I would have liked to see Sarah Palin handle questions froma democratic caucus.

    January 30, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. El Kababa

    George H. W. Bush was a capable president. He did what he thought was right no matter how much he was criticized. He is a man of character and I admired him even though I voted against him twice.

    He is a war hero, unlike his AWOL son, his AWOL son's vice president, Newt Gingrich, and many others of the Baby Boomer generation of Conservatives, who found that staying home was more patriotic than submitting to the draft – in their cases only. After all, Conservatives much prefer getting the contract to make uniforms than putting them on. And, yes, Conservatives, I must admit that in this respect Bill Clinton had exactly the same moral fiber as your own leaders.

    The Republican Party has given America one great president and three capable presidents in the last century. The great one was Teddy Roosevelt, of course. The capable ones were obviously Eisenhower, Nixon, and Bush Sr. The incompetent Repubican presidents were Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Reagan, and Bush Jr.

    January 30, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    seebofubar is simply repeating what Limbaugh and his other GOP masters tell him to.

    The funny thing is, if the GOP really did know what they're doing, their tried-and-failed economic, military and foreign policies would have worked.

    But, as even seebofubar can clearly see, those policies are what took our country down the tubes.

    Thank goodness we now have a President with the intelligence to fix this mess!

    January 30, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. nadine

    Hmmm, the elder Bush and the preferred son who they thought should've been president making a "rare" visit to President Obama. They were there for the "alford plea" against the other son. I still say, there some stuff President Obama has on G.W. Bush that would seriously damage his legacy.

    January 30, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Tom

    I'm glad to see Jeb there also. I'm an Obama supporter but as a Floridian I always liked and respected Jeb. Seemed like a straight shooter to me and (no offense) the sharpest knife in the Bush drawer. I dont know why the R's dont run him. I guess he is not ultra-conservative enough or he is not interested.

    January 30, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. sue

    Franky, I think the President knows how the game is played. I believe President O is a game changer in a good way.

    January 30, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Republicans destroyed America

    Bush/Reagan destroyed America, I hope he gave him no advice

    January 30, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Doraine Gordon

    Good to see Papa Bush out and about. He has appeared to be getting more frail lately walking with his cane and all. It was good to see President Clinton get Papa Bush involved in the fund raising when he did. I like to see all our ex Presidents being friendly with each other. Good luck to all of them.

    January 30, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. sick of it all, but still proud to be an American

    Both sides need to look in the mirror and see the finger pointing is childs play and GROW UP! Even these post are still sand box play, always trying to say it's the right or the left.

    Would you let your children act this way or would your boss in corporate America put up with it? I think not!

    As we say at work: BE A SOLUTION PROVIDER – NOT JUST A PROBLEM PROVIDER.

    January 30, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Ken in NC

    JAROSZ, I agree with your response to GHW Bush visiting the WH. BOth parties need help and special interest do not care about anything except their own interest. If they are allowed to continued they will destroy this country. They do not care about Republicans or Democrats. They care only about their agenda.

    January 30, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Willy Brown

    Good on President Bush to provide some leadership training.

    January 30, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. Russell for common sense Americans

    @Franky,Land of Lincoln, that;s the problem the game needs to change , those john wayne politic's of my way or the highway must end ! We've sent the politicians to Washinton to do OUR work , not to bicker about who has the power ,but to get the people's business done so we all can prosper ....no one party has all the answers , and no one party is right , stop listening to radio talk show host and do your own research........WE NEED EVERYONE'S HELP TO GET OR COUNTRY MOVING AGAIN !

    January 30, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. david

    why don't we stop giving obama such good will. Not saying he's a bad president, but he hasn't have enough time to accomplish anything yet. praise him when he really proves himself. I've never seen someone given such good will even before he took office. It's silly. We don't know him, never worked with him and we all call him intelligent. No logic there. I personally don't even care if he's intelligent as long as he does good work.

    To me, he's just another politician.

    January 30, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Jack

    seebofubar, Maybe Mr. Bush needs to give to that talking to!

    Get off your high horse.

    We all need to be more respectful of others. Some thing that we are lacking these days

    January 30, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. Johnny Five

    Very interesting. End Game on tap? You public will soon learn how peas in pods work.

    January 30, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Randy

    @Jo-Ann, No one hates the President because he is intelligent. I would go so far to say that most of us are not haters. Now what most people do not like is his lack of Leadership and commen sense. He needs to step up to the plate and lead this nation like we elected him too. He also needs to let congress know he is in charge and they better figure out a way to get things done or he will ensure that they are tossed out of officer. God take a lesson from Harry Truman.

    January 30, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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