Bush 41 to be back at the White House
Former President George H.W. Bush's last public appearance was at the opening of his son President George W. Bush's presidential library in April.
July 10th, 2013
02:47 PM ET
1 year ago

Bush 41 to be back at the White House

(CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush will be back at the White House next week celebrating a milestone for a service initiative started in his administration.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the event to celebrate the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award, according to a White House official.

Calling volunteers in service to their communities "a thousand points of light" in his 1989 inaugural address, Bush went on to award the first Daily Point of Light awards to honor citizens who make a difference through their volunteer work.

The Points of Light Foundation is now the world's largest service organization coordinating volunteer projects. Bush serves as the non-partisan, non-profit foundation's honorary chairman and his son Neil Bush is the president of the organization.

"Monday’s event brings together two Presidents and families united in their commitment to growing volunteerism and service – an issue with a long history of strong bipartisan support," said the White House official.

"He is excited," Jim McGrath, spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush, told CNN. "It should be a special day for the service movement.”

Former First Lady Barbara Bush and other members of the Bush family will also attend the event.

The 89 year old former president has battled health problems. He had been hospitalized this past winter suffering complications related to bronchitis.

Bush also has a form of Parkinson's disease that affects his legs and requires him to use a wheelchair.

His last public appearance was at the opening of his son President George W. Bush's presidential library in April.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Borderless

    Oh! He hasn't been there all along? With all the spying on American citizens and GITMO still being open and drones being sent to kill American citizens abroad and drones being used over American soil I naturally assumed he never left.

    So that was all Obama? Huh.

    July 10, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Pete

    Can they create the loser of the century award and its all time loser goes to expresident GWBUSH..Republicans you can't deny it because his debacles were written in stone and you should thank your lucky stars that moron Mormon in Romney wasn't elected..Boy would that have been a mess no democrate could have ever been able to clean up!!

    July 10, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Calling volunteers in service to their communities
    ----------------------------------------------
    I guess that's sort of like being a community organizer right Sarah?

    July 10, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. Scaddywaddydodaday

    GWB, GO AWAY. Go far, far away.

    July 10, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Why do they waste money on these jerks??? Tax-payers you are looted thus...

    July 10, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. Bill from GA

    G.H.W. Bush seemed like a lousy president at the time.

    Among other deeds, he pardoned the men that could have led to Reagan's conviction, ending any pursuit of justice regarding the Iran-Contra activities.

    But in perspective, say, compared to his son, W, he doesn't look so bad.

    July 10, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    Borderless is also brainless.

    July 10, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |