January 20th, 2009
01:00 PM ET
8 years ago

Former President George W. Bush has left Washington

(CNN) - President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama saw former President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush off Tuesday afternoon as the Bushes left Washington.

Former president George W. Bush waves before departing the U.S. Capitol by helicopter after the inauguration of Barack Obama.

They are now en route by helicopter to Andrews Air Force Base, where they will board a flight to Midland, Texas. The plane was used by the former president as Air Force One, but does not have that designation for this flight, since he no longer holds office.

Watch: President Obama escort former president George W. Bush to a waiting helicopter

Filed under: Inauguration
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. MK

    To the Bush bashers.......please do not be disturbed when all the Obama haters fill these blogs with hateful language. You have wished ill will and harm to our president for 8 years so don't get disturbed when your boy goes through the ringer.

    January 20, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. fearful for my country

    Godspeed President Bush. Thank you for your service.

    January 20, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. DIM

    It requires so much to take responsibility and so little to blame. How can you put everything on one man who is only human for all the problems of this world? Let him be and retire into the sunset, you have your new president. Though he wasn't perfect, everyone loved him after 9/11, a time when all of us were supposed to come together and stand against terrorism. Where have those days gone? Hopefully Obama will be everything you hoped for although I believe the nation has too high of expectations of this "savior".

    God Bless America.

    January 20, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Scott

    I guess 7+ years with no terrorist attacks against the nation isn't proof.

    January 20, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. No Incumbents 2010

    Thank You Mr. President. God Bless You.

    January 20, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. No Incumbents 2010

    Democrats you really showed today your maturity and your decency.
    I know now, why the Donkey is your icon.

    January 20, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. WAZ

    Our long National Nightmare is over. The United States of American can once again take pride in our leaders. Bush the most hated man on the planet is no longer bringing our country down. Everything that idiot touched failed. Now we can move forward, progress, improve, fly.

    January 20, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Laura

    Oh my goodness, I can't believe the anger and hate in the comments here! I've lost a lot – A LOT – in the 8 years Bush was in office, but this disrespect is a shame to all Americans. Hopefully when Obama makes his mistakes (which he will – no one is perfect, not even "The Chosen One") the other side will be just a tad more tactful. Yikes – if this is the way Americans are going to portray themselves, it is no wonder the rest of the world mocks us.

    January 20, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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