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. kelly WI

    So, some dummies who bought homes out of their price range, etc. are blaming Bush for that too.
    Where's all that sweet liberal tolerance.?
    Presidents don't control private sector businesses. But the congress can sure regulate and tax them out of business.
    Since Obama is following Bushes foreign policy, you better not be bashing Bush.

    December 4, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Tim

    Congratualations and thank you for keeping us safe for the last 7 years Mr. President.

    Enjoy retirement.

    December 4, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. RJ, CA

    Barbara December 4th, 2008 1:40 pm ET
    How wonderful for them. We're starving and losing our jobs to foreigners and losing our homes – but then he is an OIL MAN.
    C'mon, Barbara - you're STARVING? You have a computer - and you're STARVING?

    December 4, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. CHAD

    Hit the road jack, and dont u come back no more, no more , no more, no more. Perhap, your favorite home in Iraq would be a delightful choice? What ya think?

    December 4, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. bill c.

    can you go now? just leave the keys with the guard at the door and get out!!! did cheney say it was alright for you to buy the house in dallas? he made every other decision for you

    December 4, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Sam

    Believe it or not Mr. President.....many Americans are thanksful you were able to keep us safe.

    Thank you for your service and good luck,

    December 4, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. The future of our country

    Is anyone on this site out of school?

    December 4, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Michael

    Thanks for keeping America and the world a safer place President Bush.
    It won't take more than 6 months of Obama presidency before you will be missed. Iraq will fall apart, Russia will invade Georgia or Ukrain to take them back and US will have a terriost attack on our soil. All because the bad guys out there know Obama will only talk and will take no strong action. Economy of US and world will spiral into depression.

    December 4, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. President Barack Obama


    Who cares..... Remember, what comes around goes around!!!

    December 4, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Angie

    I hope he can sleep in his new house, with all the money he stole from the Americans(through jobs lost, high gas & food prices). he is such a loser. good riddence to bad ruddish.

    December 4, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Matt, Chico, CA

    What makes me sick is the way people harbor so much hate for Bush but then get mad when people harbor hate for Obama

    December 4, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Allen

    I'm so happy for the bushes! I was worried that they wouldn't be able to afford a new home and all. I mean gosh we wouldn't want the lovey bushes to be homeless or something worse. Merry f–king Christmas to the bush family, may you choke on your morning lattes.

    December 4, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. marcus

    Just think, the city of Dallas will have one more arrogant, over-egoed, not very smart at all, ex-president who really thinks that he has done nothing wrong at all during his tragic eight years in office. I feel for you, citizens of Dallas. Better you than me.

    December 4, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Jayson in San Diego

    I've just wasted 1 min of my time reading and then replying to this article. Who cares about Bush anymore? Certainly not I.

    December 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. frank. NC

    Why is able to right into the sunset after he has pretty much single handedly destroyed this country and its reputation.


    December 4, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |

    He stole enough so now he can spend after 8 years. Goodbye.

    December 4, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. C Spurgeon

    Wonder where they got all the money..richest part of Dallas, richest texans in the neighborhood. All Presidents should be audited coming and going. He made a lot of money somewhere in the last 8 years.

    Oh well at least hes gone and cant do any more damage to the country as a whole. He can go sit and sulk about being one of the worst ever and blame everyone else.

    December 4, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. NickNas

    The CON has been completed. All of you good ole boys just found out thatyou have been HAD! Bush has ALWAYS been a pretend Cowboy and he has ALWAYS looked down on you like you were trash!

    Thank you for being so GULLIBAL!!

    December 4, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Andrew B

    He should move to prison where he belongs.

    December 4, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. NW

    Sorry, Texas...

    December 4, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. Shawn

    Poor Dallas 😦

    It must be humiliating to be GW Bush's choice. My sympathies.

    December 4, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. NW

    Truly sorry, Texas...

    December 4, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. Betty the Beautician

    President Bush looks so old. There is no way I'd ever want to be President. Not worth it. All the money in the world can't give him peace. And he has none. Sad.

    December 4, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. Independent Voter

    His new home should be in prison along with Karl Rove and Dick Cheney

    December 4, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Luke Brown, Charleston SC

    I wish there was some way they could get out of Washington now ... I'll miss Laura but I will be dancing naked in the streets the moment George is outta there for good.

    December 4, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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