May 31st, 2012
03:01 PM ET
3 years ago

Three presidents gather for Bush portrait unveiling

Washington (CNN) - There were smiles, laughter and tears - but little politics - when former Presidents George W. Bush and his father, George H. W. Bush, joined current President Barack Obama at the White House for the unveiling Thursday of the younger Bush's official portrait.

An emotional ceremony in the East Room saw the new White House residents thanking their predecessors for their service to the nation and for helping them out during the move more than three years ago.

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Filed under: 2012 • George H.W. Bush • George W. Bush • President Obama • Washington D.C.
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Where's the Iraqi shoe thrower when you need him???

    May 31, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Sponsored by Crayola, no doubt. Was it done on a napkin or a Denny's placemat?

    May 31, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Obama has blamed his predecessor's administration for leaving the nation in economic shambles, and he now accuses his certain Republican opponent in November's election - Mitt Romney - of advocating the same failed policies.

    However, tradition and presidential etiquette suggest that no politics will come up at Thursday's ceremony."

    Conversely, a widespread pandemic of failed "journalism" dictates injecting said politics into an article about this.

    May 31, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    Well, this is part of the job of being POTUS. No matter how the public feels or how they feel about each other – this has to done.

    May 31, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Cathy

    GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Where's the Iraqi shoe thrower when you need him???
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    Guess he didn't think throwing that other shoe at Obama wasn't worth his time.

    May 31, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Cathy, you must have forgotten that he threw both of his shoes at Dubya.

    May 31, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Wake up people

    Both of the Bushes should NEVER be allowed to enter the White House again. Lying thieves.

    May 31, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Wake up people

    Good one Grover! Where is he indeed? I wonder if Bush 2 still has the skills to dodge the shoes? I doubt it though, looks like he has been hitting the bottle hard with Boehner.

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 31, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Look at the underlying worry in those faces! It gets worse as get older, even after you've left the job.

    May 31, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. MDNA = MaDge Not Applicable!

    The shrub sure looks haggard, must be the weight of all those dead service members killed in Iraq weighing on his soul.

    May 31, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Hang his portrait in an elevator with the doors opening and closing. What a clown.

    May 31, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Underneath his photo should be an asterik.

    *Lied country into war & caused a crtical financial depression"

    May 31, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    The world is trying to forget those 8 miserable years ever happened! That administration was one of the worst in American history. Why immortalize them by hanging a picture of Shrub in there?

    May 31, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Bill, NY

    I have no need to see any image of a Bush. Everytime I see a vet missing a limb or limbs I see George Bush, The destroyer of the US.

    May 31, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Chumlee

    Bad enough that Dubya is being honored? But, why is the old many Bush going to be there?

    May 31, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |