January 30th, 2010
12:29 PM ET
11 years ago

George H. W. Bush visits White House

Former President George H. W. Bush met with President Obama Saturday at the White House.

Former President George H. W. Bush met with President Obama Saturday at the White House.

Washington (CNN) - Former President George H. W. Bush returned to the White House for a rare Saturday morning meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, but administration officials said no specific issue was on the agenda.

The former president was in town for the Alfalfa Club dinner on Saturday night and just wanted to sit down with Obama to talk, officials said. His son Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, accompanied him for the visit.

When asked how the meeting went as they departed the White House, former President Bush called it a "good meeting."

Another son, former President George W. Bush, returned to the White House for the first time since leaving office two weeks ago for a meeting with Obama and former President Bill Clinton on relief efforts for Haiti.

President Obama will not be attending the Alfalfa Club dinner Saturday. The Alfalfa Club is a social organization of politicians and corporate executives that puts on an exclusive annual dinner, which is closed to the press.

soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. ct

    Look in the mirror, take a deep breath and recognize you are playing a big part of what is wrong with this nation. When you can add something constructive to the discourse you may be allowed at the big table.

    January 30, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. caution

    I hope this is a nice visit between Presidents who are putting America first and politics second.

    Just be careful Pres. Obama and keep your eye out for Jeb;s future intentions. I remember the 200th White House Anniversary Dinner in November 2000 hosted by President Clinton and Mrs. Clinton when Sr. Bush had to leave all the ex-presidents and first ladies in the middle of the dinner party to attend to the lawyers working out the 2000 election decision ! ..........and history knows what happened with all of that, thank you Supreme Court.

    January 30, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. JimH

    Interesting comments indeed! HW was the last republican I voted for President. He was a decent man, he won a war, and he is reasonably intelligent. If only his son would have had half to smarts of his dad...

    January 30, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Denna

    Welcome back George H.W. Bush. I never thought you were a bad president – and this from an unabashed liberal. You, unlike your son, really seemed to be a "compassionate conservative". The war you were involved in didn't last forever either. I think you are the best conservative since Eisenhower. The rest have all been insufferable bigots who attract the worst America has to offer, like those awful Tea Party nuts!

    I think someone should mention to the Republican party that tax cuts are not wise right now because WE STILL ARE SUPPORTING TWO WARS! Honestly, are these people stupid or what. Unemployed people are not helped by tax cuts. I'm glad that President Obama wants to give them to small businesses along with stimulus money so they can hire more people. Giving stimulus money to small banks is a great idea too!

    And Seebofubar – I assume you are referring to little Bush when you say spoiled brat.

    January 30, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Moderate

    Glad it was only a visit! Last time he was there he left us with a recession that Bill Clinton had to fix!

    January 30, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Shipman

    I think the Bushes in general are decent Americans, who forgive and foreget and move on with their lives.... unlike DICK cheeeeeneeeey!

    January 30, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Ricardo

    By having his son elected as President, Bush Sr. destroyed this country.I would not want to be in his shoes. Thousands of families are destroyed by the Iraq war, that was illegal, immoral and based on a pack of lies. May both Bush Sr. and Jr. burn in hell forever.Our politicians like to say that this is a country of laws. If this were true the Bushes and Cheney and Dumsfeld would be in jail as war criminals.

    January 30, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. javadanny

    Former President G. H. W. Bush, the ultimate insider, is probably delivering a message to President Obama from the people who REALLY own and run the country.

    January 30, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Jake

    Although, George H.W. squandered the Reagan legacy and foisted a wasteful and unnecessary legislation (Americans with Disabilities Act) on the nation, he was a gentleman. Too bad Obama is such a relentless ideologue... he won't take any advice from George H.W. to heart… only 1,011 days until we get a new president… maybe Jeb?

    January 30, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Preston kk

    Pkm i believe george w will show obama the a person in the gop can be nice

    January 30, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. d mac

    I don't think Obama needs a good schooling from Bush seebofubar. Obama is a leader and as a leader he is showing true leader ship. Like they say, if it ain't broke don't fix it! You might want to check your tone son!

    January 30, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. ib

    Obama is putting on a good front and that is all it is. Liberals are still blasting conservatives because they won't lie down and go along with everything the liberals want. Obama is the most self centered president I have ever seen. Listen to Pelosi's statements about healthcare; the democrats and Obama are determined to push these far left programs through whether the republicans go along or not and the country will suffer because of them especially the cap and trade scam.

    January 30, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Mirta

    Perhaps "Dad" Bush gave him some advice on how to handle a one term Presidency.

    January 30, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Albo58

    Hopefully the current President will actually LISTEN to the advice given by a classy statesman!

    January 30, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. Jayden,FL

    Pappy Bush probably took his son Jebby to scope out the White House because he's probably eyeing it in 2012!

    January 30, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Perry

    H.W. must have seen the televised discussion with the Republicans, been moved, and came to assist.

    January 30, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Librarian

    seebofubar... I pity you. People like you never learn. Probably President Obama is too smart for you.

    January 30, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Kevin B

    HW Bush is the only republican I ever voted for. Even during the Reagan years he was able to see through the desructive economic policies of the GOP "voodoo economics".

    He also saw that is son was too deeply under the influence of the neo- con's. Hopefully he can inject some civility into the current poisonous political climate. Mr Obama could use some assistance in steering the economy back from the mess left in little Georges wake.

    January 30, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. teejay

    A former President once said that the presidency is a select club of people. Very few others know what it's like behind that desk, and knowing, erases the lines of politics. So I imagine GHW and President Obama were able to meet as peers, partisanship a non-issue.

    January 30, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. JMikey54

    George H.W. Bush was not so bad and if he had not signed on to raise taxes after promising not, to he might have been reelected. Any way I wonder why he visited the White House, and if he is trying to set Jeb up for a run in 2012.

    January 30, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Nimises

    You are all fooled. Bush's stopped by to beg the President not to prosecute his son on war crimes. It was a pleading session. You watch what happens in the justice department.

    January 30, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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