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. kasera

    for TEXAN


    December 4, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. LP


    Re: your comment:

    "Are you sure you aren't thinking of someone like these very intelligent people like the movie stars and celebs who are so self-righteous when they brag about all of their wonderful efforts to "go green" and help out in all these places that are suffering?"

    What is wrong with 1) being intelligent, 2) living in a more environmentally conscious manner, and 3) helping out in places where people are suffering?

    December 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. paul (staunch Moderate)

    Maarlene Eichten December 4th, 2008 4:08 pm ET

    I voted for Mr. Bush and I think he did a good job. Its the senate that has the control of the vote.

    You need a civics lesson. The Senate does NOT control any vote. Nor does the House. Nor does the sitting President. They can over-ride each other's votes. That's why it's called "a balance of power."

    December 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. FreeNLovIt

    Oh yeah, again, my dog's White House is available. But, an appointment is needed to ask my dog for permission to move in.

    December 4, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. John in Virginia

    I don't disagree with some of the comments about people who are being foreclosed on bearing some of the responsibility. But the fact of the matter is, if banks were not allowed to lend to these people, and it was common sense for them to not lend to them, we would not be in this mess. you're always going to have people who are willing to sign up for money even if it is a stretch to pay it back. But if we had the regs that said, sorry no can do, this would not have happened. Banks are in a much better position to control real estate costs also and make sure they do not stray too far from mean or median income in a given area. Instead of helping to keep this balance, they decided they needed someone; anyone on the hook for the inflated home prices sellers were charging. And I hope the Bushes close early. They should go to the bowels of Texas and not come out.

    December 4, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. IND

    PDX Gal - Bush was only in office 7 months when that happened. You might want to consider the fact that while Clinton was getting his rocks off in the oval office he was ignoring intelligence pointing to the terrorits attacks and left if to the next president to make the tough decisions.

    December 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Pat Pa.

    @ Bronson

    You must have started to hit the bottle early today.

    Get it straight ! Bush did not protect us the last 8 years. He destroyed us.

    December 4, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. paul (staunch Moderate)

    Weaver December 4th, 2008 3:31 pm ET

    Wanting the GW Bush administration prosecuted has nothing to do with the economy – and has everything to do with lying to Congress. You know, kinda like when they prosecuted Clinton for lying about Monica Lewinski...

    December 4, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Doug from Allentown

    "...rot in hell, Bush…. you're a war criminal and an American disgrace..."

    Those works are so inspiring and well thought out. I am so impressed by your command of the English language. Those are truely words that inspire unity and instill confidence in me that we will all come together as a country.

    I will pose the challenge to you pinhead. Tell me what war crimes that Bush performed. Give me specifics. Don't spin some BS liberal party line about an un-just war. All wars are un-just in someone's eyes. Calling someone a war criminal is a very serious charge. Tell me you have examples.

    In WWII, the allies firebobmed the city of Dresden in Germany and killed hundreds of thousands of civilians. They deliberately used fire bombs on Tokyyo to maximize civilian casualtees. Are these not war crimes? Why did we not charge FDR and Truman? I won't even mention Korea and Vietnam.

    Fact is fact folks. War is cruel and messy. Torture is also a natural tool to be used. Tell me... deep down inside... do you really care about some prisoner in Gitmo getting water-boarded or are you just looking for more venom to fling at Bush? If Obama uses these tactics, would it be okay? Would you really question it?

    December 4, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Veronica

    Tony, Texas, Noah, Bronson, Mike, Tim, Maaaaaaaarlene and the other simpletons, a/k/a Chimpy Cheerleaders who seek to re-write history:

    I just about laughed myself to tears reading your posts. Tell me, where can I get the same LSD you brain surgeon's are obviously ingesting?

    Thankfully, you 20%er mental midgets are in the minority!!

    December 4, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Rick

    Bush may be going, but he was only a small art of the current economic crisis. Dodd, Rangel, Schumer, Waxman, Reid, Pelosi, the Fed all remain. The deficit (which suddenly doesn't seem to matter) in the next 4 years will be greater than the past 8 combined – we may even reach that mark in 3 years.

    December 4, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Leena

    I hope he enjoyed purchasing his brand new home with my tax money when a lot of Americans are losing theirs.

    Pathetic excuse of a leader. Just. Go. Away.

    December 4, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. FreeNLovIt

    Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who left America with two wars, a failed economy and trillions in debt and who ignored signs of reality for 8 years?

    December 4, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. bill

    so now laura is the decider.what will the fool do in dallas.he has banckruped everything he touched.SEND THIS FOOL AND CHANEY TO GITMO.PREFERBLY ALONE.PRISON IS TOO GOOD FOR THESE TWO BAFOONS. GOOD RIDDENCE AND GOD BLESS US ALL

    December 4, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. Enough

    The last laugh comes from Mr. and Mrs. War Criminal Shrubs. His new dig cost 2.7 million. Wonder where he got that kind of money from?

    December 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. ConsiderThis, FL

    For the life of me I can't see how anybody can sympathize with Bush. "He did a good job." "He kept us safe." "He did the best he could." I want to puke. This criminal has almost destroyed this country in 8 short years and of all people, he'll be rewarded with a fabulous home and happiness ever after. If he lives to be 1,000 he'll collect a big, fat pension form us – taxpayers. Just like the CEOs of the Big 3, he should give the American taxpayers back his pension and take $1 a year. What's good for the goose is good for the idiot who created this hellacious mess.

    December 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. AJ

    Bush buys a second home while, thanks to his disastrous economic policies, many Americans are fighting to keep their one home. Many are losing that fight. Once again, Dubya shows he is only concerned about himself. One thing you can say about Bush, he makes Millard Fillmore look like a statesman.

    December 4, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Davis in NC

    Unfortunately, some of you posters have no sense of humor. Let him enjoy retirement in peace. He has been a terrible president, but he seems like a fairly affable guy. He also has a gracious wife who deserves a respite from the harsh spotlight of Washington, D.C. I wish them both only the best.

    December 4, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Charlie in Maine

    Glad you were able to find a home. I was afraid you were going to have to rent from John McCain and you knoow how messy those situations can be. Do you need any help moving? If you leave early I would be willing to carry all your stuff to Texas. Heck if you would leave today I would even carry you.

    December 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. megalodonbite

    Doug from Allentown: You are just mad because your party lost 🙂 AH-HAAAA!!!!

    December 4, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. jane

    it's a shame he won't move back to Texas sooner. he should've moved back 4 years ago! or better yet – stayed in Texas in 2000! considering the state of the economy and that millions of people are losing their homes, losing their jobs, etc, and that the Bush administration has had a lot to do with the sad state of the economy of this country Bush seriously needs to considering selling the Crawford home rather than flaunting the fact that he can afford multiple homes, good health care, that he'll never have to worry about how he's going to afford his next meal, that he'll have a nice cushy retirement, etc, etc, etc...

    December 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. SunshineBoy

    The 'decider' knows his answer to go to Dallas better be yes! Affer all he could end up as grille work on Laura's next car.

    December 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    Too bad Laura wan't the decider for the past 8 years too.

    December 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Jan

    what a nasty bunch of Obama supporters–and you wanted America to support "the One" you chose? Whar ever happened to happy winners? Just a bunch of nervous people realizing that they knew not the person they voted for!

    December 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. Tom W

    You libtards are always the first to jump on Rush and other rebiclans for spewing hateful rhetoric. Rush has never spewed the type of hatred on this post – does your hypocrisy have no bounds?

    December 4, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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