December 4th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Bushes announce purchase of post-White House home

The first family will move to Dallas after President Bush leaves office.

The first family will move to Dallas after President Bush leaves office.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President and Mrs. Bush will be moving to Dallas after Mr. Bush leaves office, the White House announced Thursday.  “The President and Mrs. Bush have purchased a home in the Preston Hollow neighborhood in Dallas, Texas,” Sally McDonough, Mrs. Bush’s press secretary, said in the statement.

The Bushes lived in Dallas from December 1988 through January 1995. They moved to Austin after Mr. Bush was elected Texas governor in November 1994.  The president was partial owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team during part of their time living in Dallas.

During the latter part of Bush’s presidency, the first lady had made it known that Dallas would be their primary residence after leaving the White House, not the president’s beloved Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas.

“I like Crawford,” the president told a crowd at a Houston fundraiser in July.  “Unfortunately, after eight years of asking [the first lady] to sacrifice, I’m now no longer the decision maker.”  The Bushes will continue to spend some time at the ranch, according to the statement.

As to the specifics of their new home, the Bushes “do not have occupancy of the home, and therefore, no additional details will be provided,” McDonough said.

soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. Corey Gabriel

    The only place Bush, Cheney, Alberto, Rumsfield and the other should be going is to jail for their treasonous betrayal of our Constitution, violations of their oaths of office, lying about something more important than a blow job (that's why they impeached Clinton...remember?), and their war crimes. BUT one is ever going to be held accountable or responsible for the mis-deeds and crimes committed by the Bush administration and its cronies. May they all rot in hell.

    December 4, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. Bill

    Secret Service agents everywhere, Dick Cheney lurking about with a shotgun. Well, there goes the neighborhood.

    By the way, did the Bushes get a good deal on a mortgage? Did Paulson co-sign?

    December 4, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Truth Please

    "Bush was the first President to have a USA-mainland attack since Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. Franklin D Roosevelt was in office at the time.

    On Pearl Harbor, the USA deaths were 2,300 something compared to the 2,700 something of the World Trade Center towers.

    Did the president then get blamed for the atomic bombs being dropped Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

    That was far more devasating than anything President Bush has done."

    Please consider that when the Japanese attacked the USA, FDR went on the attack against Japan, and defeated them. George Bush's USA was attacked by al Quaeda, and instead, he went on the attack against Iraq, where they have never found any sign of WMD's or al Quaeda leadership that planned 9/11. That would have been like FDR attacking Indonesia instead of Japan, and after 7 years of war, still leaving Japan free to continue attacking the USA. As another poster commented, and Gen. Sherman originally said, "War is hell" and it should NEVER be entered into without absolute necessity. Bush started a war against Iraq that was not only not necessary, but it has kept us from finding and punishing the real instigator of the 9/11 attacks.

    I wouldn't have minded one bit if Bush had nuked the caves where bin Laden was hiding. But to start an unnecessary war, causing death and injury to thousands of American soldiers, and even more Iraq civilians, and to let the worst attack against the USA since Pearl Harbor go unavenged – well, the words stupid and incompetent do seem to apply.

    December 4, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. Carl from MI

    It just goes to show you that his ranch in Crawford, TX was all just a FARCE!!!

    It was all just for show, so he could portray his 'cowboy' image and he never had any intention of having a ranch other than just for his image.

    WHAT A JOKE!! Dubya will always be a joke and the worst President in our nation's history! He faked the entire rance scene down in Crawford and Republicans ate it up hook, line and sinker.

    I bet he can't sell that ranch fast enough as soon as he leaves office...


    December 4, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Rhino

    I cant take all you Bush Apologists. When you defend him and his actions you defend things like torture among many other offenses too numerous to list here. The facts simply show him as a terrible leader and a short sighted Moron. Just look at the leadership he has shown over the last few weeks....NONE!

    This man has proven himself to be a liar. I see the comments from the right in this post and I wonder what they have been doing for the last 8 years? Let him retire in peace? How about if we investigate him and his cabinet and prove what he did for the sake of future generations so it never happens again. He is corrupted by power and influenced by some of the worst men ever to hold public office

    All you RepCONS out there should wake up and admit you were wrong and are now the laughing stock of over half this country and most of the western world. When your role models are folks like Rush, Hanity and (PUKE) Coulter you deserve the ire of anyone who has the ability to think critically. Had Clinton done even half of the incopmetent, immoral and un-ethical things Bush has the RepCONs would have been holding impeachment hearings 7 years ago. I guess they are more offended by lying about sex than lying about war, torture......on and on

    BTW – I am a liberal and I am pretty well off so generalizing that Liberals hate the rich is just another ridiculous republiCON talking point.

    December 4, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. JGB

    What a loser!

    December 4, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. Carl from MI

    "Torture is also a natural tool to be used?" Doug from Allentown... you are an uneducated redneck moron. It's been proven in study after study AND by Amnesty International that TORTURE DOESN'T WORK AND THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN PROVEN TIME AND AGAIN TO BE UNRELIABLE AT BEST. DUH!!



    December 4, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. Pam

    Oh, waa to your mama!

    December 4, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. JGB

    You right wingers are complaining about the "hatred" of the liberals on this post. You folks have turned hatred into an artform and now you don't like it turned on your boy W... Too bad!

    December 4, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. Chris


    Clinton signed the bill that deregulated wall street.

    does obama live in a hsanty village? what about Biden; where does he live?

    g, g, g, golly, you mean democrats are rich too?!?!?

    December 4, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. Paul Spandiary

    everyone just needs to just stop hating the President or any presidents for that matter (no matter the race, religion or color and just cause you dont like obama doesnt mean your a means you dont like him dummy. for those of you that say to others that they are "racist" i say YOU ARE THE RACIST!!!!!). he served our country. good or bad HE SERVED OUR COUNTRY!!! GOD BLESS YOU MR. PRESIDENT!!!! YOU DID A GREAT JOB!!!!!

    December 4, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. Phil Muse

    With all the enemies Bush has made world wide, he would do better to live on a military base or in a bomb-proof bunker.

    December 4, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. ds

    Most of you people are a pathetic group...your words exude with hate..turn to the evening news or click your websites on Africa and Zimbabwe here on Cnn under world news these stories of people who are really suffering and then try to find a honest reason for your gripping and unworthy remarks....but you are probably are so blinded by hate and ignorance that you will not see your blessings...

    December 4, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. Bushed.

    I wish the two of them would just get out of town. They make me sick, buy your house and live like hermits. We don't care–no one likes either one of you.

    It was a sad, sad day when the Bushes came to town. Our country will never be able to live down the fact that we tortured people. Bush is an idiot and so is Laura for pretending he's not. There daughters are morons too, they did nothing but ate off the fat of the land and sold books for profit. What losers.

    December 4, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. Bushed..

    I wish the two of them would just get out of town. They make me sick, buy your house and live like hermits. We don't care–no one likes either one of you.

    It was a sad, sad day when the Bushes came to town. Our country will never be able to live down the fact that we tortured people. Bush is an idiot and so is Laura for pretending he's not. Their daughters are morons too, they did nothing but ate off the fat of the land and sold books for profit. What losers.

    December 4, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. Ethan

    GWB is the scum of the Earth.

    December 4, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  17. John E Lexington KY

    The US Treasury should slap a lien on the house and foreclose him into exile.

    December 4, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. Jessica, CT

    Dear Doug,
    The Geneva Conventions pertain primarily to enemy-combatants and P.O.W.s, which is why they are applicable to Guantanamo Bay. Criticism about Bush’s refusal to adhere to them is not simply liberal mud slinging. If anyone understands the personal horror and political consequences of torture it is John McCain. He fought to ban the use of torture at Guantanamo because he knew what OUR troops would face in retaliation. The most recent consequence of our refusal to respect the lives of innocent civilians has been the terrorists in Mumbai asking specifically for American hostages.

    December 4, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. Jose in Dallas

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. Bush,

    On behalf of the citizens of Dallas, which voted for Barack Obama 57%, we really do not want you living in our state. Do Dallas a big favor and move somewhere else. Anywhere else in Texas will do. Dallas is now Obama country and we really would rather you not move here. Since you will obviously ignore this plea, expect to be booed and jeered anywhere in Dallas county.


    The citizens of Dallas, TX.

    December 4, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  20. Ben

    I hope you have a wonderful retirement Mr. President, you will be missed.

    December 4, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. fdaddy56

    Dang! Talk about hate mongering. Ok, so you don't like the guy...what purpose does it serve to continue to bash him other than serve your self-indulgent egos? Move on.

    December 4, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  22. Bobo

    I don't know of a prison in that neighborhood, CNN you must be mistaken.

    December 4, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. Ex-Republican

    I can't believe someone compared the attack on Pearl Harbor with the attack of 9/11. The ONLY comparison there is that one was they were the last two times we have been attacked on our native soil (well, that term is relative to say the least...I certainly accept any criticism from all those who debate that statement).

    Pear Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941:
    Six aircraft carriers launch close to 400 planes sending in two waves of strikes against the US Pacific Fleet. Result and Aftermath: Approximately 2400 people die. 4 Battle ships are sunk and close to 200 planes are destroyed. America enters world war II. Raises 3 of the 4 ships and returns 2 of them to fight in battle near the close of the war. Pearl Harbor back and operational with in MONTHS of the attack. Fights and wins wars on both sides of her shores, fighting against countries in a GLOBAL war, against modern weaponry of the time. Time in war...FIVE YEARS from the time America enters the war, it comes to a close. Multiple nations encountered on the battlefield, and defeated by the GREATEST GENERATION EVER!

    Sep 11, 2001:
    4 planes are hijacked. Our president given warnings dating back to his president elect status, is still, somehow, caught off guard. Oh well, he can't guard against 4 planes, we's a BIG job to do that! Result and Aftermater: about 2400 dead. We enter the war on terrorism in Afghanistan. Get diverted by reports of WMD's, jump into Iraq, no wmd's...we stay anyway. Hussein govt toppled, we stay anyways. Bin Laden, and al Qaeda...7 years later, still partying it up. No result, no victory, still in war, still not going after the people who bombed the building...simply doing nothing but killing our men and women until someone smart comes into office.

    Bush, in way, shape or form, can EVER be compared to FDR (or any other good president...EVER...he failed in biblical proportions. FOUR PLANES for gods sake! How incompetent do you have to be?)

    December 4, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. Proud American from New England

    Dallas is a horrible place. Good for him.

    December 4, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |

    The comments left by those people who support Bush are as ignorant and stupid as they come. He did not win the first term legally his brother in Florida cheated for him. The man has done nothing for this country except make almost the WHOLE WORLD hate us. The man should be impeached for what he did to this country and its people and for starting a war just to play cowboy. Clinton may have been screwing anything in skirts but he took care of the American people can you say that about BUSH. I THINK NOT

    December 4, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
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