Obama, Bush 41 to honor Iowa couple during volunteer event
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 15th, 2013
07:55 AM ET
9 months ago

Obama, Bush 41 to honor Iowa couple during volunteer event

Washington (CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush will make a return to the White House Monday to join President Barack Obama in honoring a couple who deliver meals to children in a bid to fight hunger.

The event will also celebrate a milestone for the Daily Point of Light Award, a service initiative started during Bush's administration. Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton, the Iowa couple who started the hunger-combatting group Outreach after a trip to Tanzania, will receive the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award.

Obama will also announce during the ceremony a new federal task force charges with finding more ways Americans can volunteer their time to help solve problems facing the country.

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.

"This 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 a White House official.

"He is excited," Jim McGrath, spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush, told CNN last week. "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.

Obama and the younger President Bush met in Tanzania at the beginning of July to attend a wreath laying ceremony commemorating the 1998 U.S. Embassy attack in Dar es Salaam.

CNN's Lesa Jansen, Kevin Bohn and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


Filed under: George H.W. Bush • President Obama
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    On one hand they cry they furlough employees on the the other this wastage with gone away political junk.....third world like.

    July 15, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  2. g

    the only honest one,s their is the marine and carter

    July 15, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  3. Oh Well

    President Bush needs to stop showing up around Obama. it only serves to give Obama credibility.

    July 15, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. splassher6

    some class back in the white house then

    July 15, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. David Glass

    Well, OK

    July 15, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. Amamchukwu Chinedu John Paul

    Bush H.W &Obama : D World Now Truly Knows Her Efforts To Recognizing Voluteers&Free Will Donaos

    July 15, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Larry in Houston

    Truth be known – the most honest guy in that pic – is Carter – next, would be Clinton – all the others, lol – well, they are all worthless –

    as an independent – If we don't get somebody in 2016 who will be completely honest with the voters in this country – and try like heck to get our debt down, there is going to be some huge problems, in the future.

    July 15, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. keith

    Whyis called Bush 41?

    July 15, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Another Obama task force?? Yay!

    July 15, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. Chris

    So we need a presidential commission to find ways for people to volunteer. How about just telling people to walk into a school, church or local homeless shelter and save the commission's time and our money.

    July 15, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Cam

    Birds of a feather flock together. It's all an illusion people.

    July 15, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Bradley

    41 is Ok to visit. Just don't let that fool #43 anywhere near it. He messed it up pretty good last time he visited and overstayed his welcome.

    July 15, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. KennyEee

    ohhh that 100 million about to run out?

    July 15, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Jerry

    The Bush folks are a REAL class act! I won't hold my breath but I hope some of their "classiness" rubs off on Obama.

    Wow! Being a life-long Democrat, I cant believe I am making this comment.

    But, the truth will liberate América!!!

    July 15, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. Dave Brett

    Anyone receiving federal assistance/welfare should be volunteering/voluntold. Besides, it helps build the résumé through work experience and helps with networking.

    July 15, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. Guess

    Jerry, google bush family, and get back to me.

    July 15, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Guess

    Cancerous family, dealy one might say

    July 15, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. Guess

    True, the worstthing to ever happen to the usa, the real truth about this family is disgusting. tax evasion seminar, 10k a seat, how to screw the us government out of tax money, a true patriot, and idiots like jerry vote for them, not eeven bothering to get informed, he likes his own reality, and the gop will spoonfeed you your entire life, all thw while selling your best interest to the highest bidder

    July 15, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Guess

    You see jerry, its ok to vote for bush if you truly believe he represents your ideaology, but if you did, you would not have called him a great guy, or whatever horsesht you said that refered to his quality of character, he has none, just sayin, where was he during last election, hint, taxes, rich people, cayman islands, you figure it out

    July 15, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. CosmicC

    @Dave Brett – what about those working two jobs at minimum wage who need government assistance because rent in their area will chew up 120 hours worth of minimum wage? Most people receiving federal assistance do not fit the sterotypes you see to subscribe to.

    July 15, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. nathanmentley

    @keith It's called Bush 41 because it's referring to George H. W. Bush... Or the 41st president.

    July 15, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. al

    All in all this is a good thing. I don't care for the younger Bush bur HW at least was a half way decent guy. I still think off all the ones in the picture Clinton was the best, by far.

    July 15, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. roy

    All presidents past, present, and future are all completely worthless with the exception of President Eisenhower.

    July 15, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |