April 9th, 2014
06:03 PM ET
9 years ago

Bush 41 greets Obamas in Houston

(CNN) - Former President George H. W. Bush greeted President Barack Obama and First lady Michelle Obama as they disembarked from Air Force One in Houston on Wednesday.

The former president, seated in a scooter, smiled and spoke with the Obamas for several minutes, according to pool reports.

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“I just wanted to say hello to the President and the first lady. When the President comes to your hometown, you show up and welcome him,” Bush said, according to the report.

The Obamas were joined on Air Force One by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as well as Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee and Al Green.

They will attend a fundraiser later Wednesday for Democratic House and Senate campaigns.

Bush 41 also embraced each of the Democratic lawmakers.

White House Spokesman Jay Carney also approached the former president to introduce himself.

"I know who you are," Bush said with a smile, according to the report.

Bush donned a blue blazer with flag lapel pin, light khaki pants, as well as his signature colorful socks - this time, with red white and royal blue stripes.

Earlier Wednesday, the President and first lady attended the memorial ceremony for the recent shooting at Ft. Hood.

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

Filed under: George H. W. Bush • Michelle Obama • President Obama • Texas
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Lizzie

    Thank you Mr.President for shutting down the Airport and the roads at Rush Hour, so you can get to your $16000 a plate fundraiser.

    April 9, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    As it should be.
    Nicely done.

    April 9, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  3. Smitty

    Does Obumbles ever work??? All this jerk does is play celeb. Well he did win BIGGEST LIAR OF THE YEAR !!! LOL

    April 9, 2014 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  4. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Aww that was nice. I actually like Daddy Bush. Lil Bush wasn't a bad person but his VP was the devil in disguise.

    April 9, 2014 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    I like Bush senior and Barbara, but his sons from Neil, W, and Jeb leave a lot to be desired.

    April 9, 2014 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. Hal

    Bush 41 is an extremely classy guy. Both sides could learn much from him.

    April 9, 2014 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. messenger

    "To YHWH sitting on the throne and to the LAMB be the BLESSING, and the HONOR, and the GLORY, and the MIGHT, forever and ever"



    April 9, 2014 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. Chris-E...al

    Man i bet that was like a long tail cat in a room full of rocking chairs .

    April 9, 2014 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. smith

    now that shows some class, wish congress would take a lesson from former president.

    April 9, 2014 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  10. Fan Ye

    You may disagree with him on issues, but you can not deny he is an honorable man. Fought for the country and served the country. A great man.

    April 9, 2014 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    If GHW were younger and running for office, this kind of behavior would get him primaried by Karl Rove.

    April 9, 2014 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  12. Eric Slowik

    bush 41 ? did you guys at every newspaper put that so people would read this stupid article ?

    April 9, 2014 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  13. @RI_Roger

    Great Obama Optics, Memorialize the fallen and then rush off to a fund raiser. I wonder, did he get in a round of golf in between?

    April 10, 2014 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  14. Thomas

    Obama bought an GW Bush painting for the White House .

    April 10, 2014 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  15. anAmerican1954

    Such an excellent picture! Kudos to you, President Bush. Back in the day I had the honor of meeting President H. W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush. Both were extremely gracious. (I'm a democrat and didn't vote for either Bush – H.W. or W.) We should show respect and support for any and all American presidents, whether we agree with their platforms or voted for them or not.

    April 10, 2014 07:16 am at 7:16 am |