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. JJ12345

    ET from Omaha December 4th, 2008 3:44 pm ET

    When he allowed others to forclosed with his disastrous management of the country, the incombent president is buying a new house. Impressive.
    New white house must be very lucrative.

    People were foreclosed on because they couldnt afford the payments.

    December 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Cori from Colorado

    Typical, Bush buying another house, of course, cheaper than he would've paid for it before he crashed the housing market. Still looking out for himself we see. At least he's not moving into our neighborhood. Good riddance.

    December 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Mary, Houston, Texas

    Barbara – go hock your computer so you can buy some food and not starve.

    Feel Sorry for Liberals – I couldn't agree more – they are a very nasty group of little people, aren't they? Obviously NOT happy unless they're bashing SOMEONE – maybe I should say some Republican!! The poorest winners I've ever seen.

    December 4, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Charles Atlanta

    To "Doug at Allentown"...
    Starting a war must have a solid reason. That's our nation's high standard. The problem of war on Iraq is the reason keeping change – 9/11(Iraq is nothing to do with 9/11), WMD (cannot find it), libration of Iraq (Iraqi think we are invader not librator),... Yes. Saddam is a dictator and he is bad. Fighting terriost is totaly different than fightlight a dictator. That's why al Qaeda is still alive and the whole world becomes more dangerous.

    Katrina is another example of poor judgement by Bush. And Bush double our national debt to 10+ trillions and keep growing. That's all part of his legacy.

    December 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Doug from Allentown

    "...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..."

    Exactly. This is why Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and all of the other Dem crooks that took huge sums of campaign money from Fannie and Freddie to look the other way need to be held accountable for this. They demanded that Fannie and Freddie increase their holdings in so-called sub-prime loans. Thus creating this whole mess.

    Don't get me wrong. To start with, Fannie and Freddie were pissed. They didn't want to do business in the poor (code word for heavy minority, urban) neighborhoods. Then they figured out that they could charge higher interest and re-sell forclosed homes for a profit (when the market was better) they were on board HUGE.

    I am not saying that Bush had nothing to do with our current mess, but I am saying that he certainly isn't the only one. He isn't even the most culpable.

    December 4, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Dana

    WHO CARES!!!!!! The economy has not affected this couple.

    December 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. Get it together Repubs

    OMG.... I live in Dallas... I guess I will have to stop watch the local news. Can't they go to the Alaska and keep Sarah company?

    December 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. JoeMamma

    They are moving to Preston Hollow because Laura has always liked the name Preston, and George's head has always been hollow.

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

    Moderators drink pee-pee for breakfast.

    December 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. Pat F

    @Pat Pa.


    Maybe you're "destroyed" – more like wasted – but America is not.

    December 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. Chuck in LA

    Just one more reason to avoid Dallas. Seriously, that's the lamest city in Texas.

    As for the people who say he seems like an affable guy, don't forget it's this same affable guy who was more than willing to stand there and tell jokes and serve as a convenient distraction while the GOP ushered in a despicable villain's gallery into the White House.

    December 4, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Jackson

    Why not Iraq or Afghanistan? They should be pretty safe for the liberator himself?

    December 4, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Kirk Kalvar

    Hey I got a nice cardboard box he can use and I know a bridge they can live under nearby as well. Maybe we can get him some preferred lending as well.

    December 4, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. mark

    You're ignorance makes you a scary guy, Doug from Allentown.

    Torture is a natural tool?

    Yeah, I care. Because unlike you, I know that the civil rights you take for granted are, in fact, extremely fragile. You think they are strong enough to make an exception here or there. They aren't, and bit by rationalized bit, the exception becomes the rule. And you won't realize it (because you can't conceive of such a thing) until you're the one strapped in the chair.

    December 4, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Charles Atlanta

    To "Texan"
    Do you know who attacked us on 9/11? I can tell you – al Qaeda, not Saddam Hussein. Then why is al Qaeda still around after these years? Is that a failure by Bush administration? The case for 9/11 must have a closure. Unless you can connect the dot that war on Iraq is related to eliminate al Qaeda, then war on Iraq is unjustified, period.

    December 4, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Republican for Obama

    Bush is a joke.

    December 4, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. Ed Word

    ...........And take Doug from Allentown with you, George.

    December 4, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. Ken

    He should go live under a rock with bin Laden. They both killed roughly the same number of Americans. Although I do not wish that fate on the well-spoken and intelligent Mrs. Bush. I hope she, the wife, does not end up with the same stomach dis-orders as the lad's mother....both the mother and wife must carry around alot of nervous disappointment.

    December 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. proudliberal

    texas deserves him

    December 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Greed is not good

    He should be sent to a federal detention center instead and given a lie detector test about Iraq. If he fails he gets to stay there permanently instead of his Dallas palace.

    December 4, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. Doug, New Jersey

    He should never tell where he is moving to. The liberal Democrat in this country has degraded to the point that I would say that 1 out of every 3 or 4 would seriously look to at least cause him harm, probably try to kill him, if they knew where he was living.

    Seriously, put the average lib in a room with a gun with one bullet and Bush and Bin Laden. Easily 9 out of 10 would take out Bush instead of Osama, oh and they like to call themselves tolerant, ha ha!!!

    Bet the lib who will censor this truth is one of the 90%ers.

    Obama will get respect from the right, something no liberal has ever given Bush, that's the difference.

    December 4, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. KMAN

    I was hoping that miserable excuse of a man would just crawl back into the hole he came out of. Well, at least it's back to Texas ... those fools deserve him!

    December 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. SJC

    To Matt, Chico, CA,

    You said:

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

    I'll try to make this really simple.

    Bush is responsible for 4100 needless deaths and 35,000 wounded and Obama isn't.

    Bush presided over an economic disaster, Obama didn't.

    Bush allowed the perpetrators of 9/11 to remain free, Obama didn't.

    Bush was responsible for the post-Katrina calamity, Obama wasn't.

    Bush subverted the Constitution with warrentless wiretaps, Obama didn't.

    Bush approved torture, Obama didn't.

    Bush – what's not to hate?

    December 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. liz

    Day after day, liberals are filled with lies and hatred. Enough!

    December 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. Dave

    It's fine...Liberals can try to get close to him now that he's a "private" citizen...don't forget about the Secret Service agents that will bust up the hippies that try and get within 5 miles of the former President.

    December 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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