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Bush leaves D.C. to return to Texas

President Barack Obama waves alongside his wife, Michelle, and US Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, as former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, leave the US Capitol by helicopter after Obama was sworn in as the 44th President in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.

President Barack Obama waves alongside his wife, Michelle, and US Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, as former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, leave the US Capitol by helicopter after Obama was sworn in as the 44th President in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.

January 20, 2009, 12:24 p.m. Updated January 20, 2009, 11:09 p.m.

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— Waving cardboard red, white and blue "W''s, thousands welcomed George W. Bush and his wife on Tuesday to their post-presidential home in Texas.

"The presidency was a joyous experience, but as great as it was, nothing compares with Texas at sunset," Bush said to cheers from the crowd of about 25,000 as former first lady Laura Bush stood at his side. "Tonight I have the privilege of saying six words that I have been waiting to say for a while — it is good to be home."

In the hours leading up to his return, excerpts of some of Bush's speeches played on a large TV screen, including remarks he made to Congress shortly after the terrorist attacks in 2001. Among the state officials who attended was Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who took over after Bush became president.

One little boy waved a sign that read, "President Bush, thank you for keeping me safe" in multicolored lettering.

Bush spoke about the challenges he had faced as the 43rd president. He said that even during some of his most difficult days as president, he "was always optimistic about the future."

He lauded those who helped throughout his presidency.

"People came to Washington, D.C., not to serve George W. Bush, not to serve a political party, but they came because they wanted to serve the United States of America, and they did a fabulous job," he said.

With Bush at the rally were Karl Rove, former White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolton, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and others from his administration.

Bush defended decisions he said some thought unwise.

"I never took an opinion poll to tell me what to think," he said. "And I'm coming home with my head held high and a sense of accomplishment."

Jan Rhodes, a school teacher in Midland, was on hand when Bush left Midland eight years ago for his inauguration as president. She was back Tuesday.

"We watched for eight years and we're proud of how he served us and how he represented Midland," she said.

"It's a special day, but it's a sad day," said Dudley Winn, a cotton farmer who drove two hours from Lubbock to greet Bush. "He did the job we asked him to do. He kept our values safe."

While Bush was born in New Haven, Conn., he spent his childhood in Midland. He returned there as an adult in the 1970s and met the future first lady, who grew up there.

After the Midland rally, the Bushes flew to Waco where about 3,000 friends and supporters, bundled up against 40-degree temperatures, greeted them at the airfield. Dozens of children sat on their parents' shoulders to get a glimpse of Bush.

"I am grateful for my friends in Texas. I am grateful that you all came out tonight, and I am thankful for having had the chance to serve our great nation for eight years," Bush told the crowd.

From Waco, the Bushes were headed to their 1,600-acre ranch in nearby Crawford where Bush said he would look in the mirror and "be proud of what I see."

Comments

John Kyle 5 years, 11 months ago

Good riddance. See you in prison, traitor.

KS 5 years, 11 months ago

G.W. Bush is a good man and history will prove that. He kept us safe and I am forever grateful to him for that. Have fun George! The X's seem to have more fun than the working guys. Enjoy!

Kevin Sontag 5 years, 11 months ago

Ding Dong! The Witch is dead! Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch!Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead!Wake up - sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.Wake up, the Wicked Witch is dead. She's gone where the goblins go,Below - below - below. Yo-ho, let's open up and sing and ring the bells out.Ding Dong' the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low.Let them knowThe Wicked Witch is dead!

Clickker 5 years, 11 months ago

"Good riddance. See you in prison, traitor"Right, i guess Bush must have deviated from the playbook that said what to do when a dozen Arabs stole some planes and ran them into our largest skyscrapers.

KS 5 years, 11 months ago

See why the left is out of touch? I was taught that if you can't say something nice, don't way anything at all. Apparently they have never heard that. They would rather just make personal attacks.

KS 5 years, 11 months ago

queequeg - The comment, "see you in prison" implies to me that you will be there too. Hummmmm!

alm77 5 years, 11 months ago

Clikker, don't you mean a dozen Saudis??

ronwell_dobbs 5 years, 11 months ago

KS (Anonymous) says… "See why the left is out of touch? I was taught that if you can't say something nice, don't way anything at all. Apparently they have never heard that. They would rather just make personal attacks."See why the right is out of touch? Someone wrecks our country, our founding document, our principles, our moral standing and we shouldn't say something negative about him? Get a clue. He's yesterday's old newspaper.

preebo 5 years, 11 months ago

We made it! Through eight years of the Bush tragedy, we have survived, wounded but still hopeful - more importantly, alive. With Bush in our rearview, we can now move forward. History will indeed judge him, but I truly believe that he will not receive the judgement he would like. My guess is, he will be found in the basement of presidential efforts along with the likes of Fillmore, Buchanan, and Hoover, for Bush he will also have the taint of scandal on his time in office as did Nixon. Nevertheless, it is over. There is a new beginning today - let us not forget how we got here.

ENGWOOD 5 years, 11 months ago

Thanks G.W.!!!! q q you are an idiot!!

nbnozzy 5 years, 11 months ago

I liked George Bush. Will miss his leadership. I felt very safe because of him. Hoping our new President can be as steadfast in protecting Americans. Didn't vote for Barack Obama but I do wish him well in making the proper decisions that keep us strong and free.

grammaddy 5 years, 11 months ago

nananana nananana hey hey hey GOODBYE!!!

DMH1983 5 years, 11 months ago

Thank you George for keeping us safe. It is unfortunate that you are blamed for Clinton's messes.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 11 months ago

Thank you "W" for your service to our country.Thank you, also, for going home for good."No she is alive and well as Secretary of State"OUCH! That's catty. A good zing!

igby 5 years, 11 months ago

"Rock Star", status.All I've heard is song and dance!"This president has done nothing so far, being black and having over 700 million to spend for on an historical election", brings him into being.Like all "pet rocks", he'll soon find his way too the shelf of "pet rocks".Everything, all his mistakes, will be blamed on the Dems party, not just him, like the Dems blamed and villianized Bush, to no end, relentlessly, on every move and issue he made good or bad; and so will Obama inherit for his party a just reward so fitting a "pet president", who gained power by his parties false and relentless attacks and lies against Bush. The Dems obstruction in the Iraq War did cause more bloodshed for both sides and embolden the terrorist by their tearing down Bush to gain political ground at the expense of American troops and more treasure and time we spent in Iraq than needing be because of the Dems actions. Theirs much blood on the hands of the Dems and this president Obama, on his first day in office. Our financial crisis is a blessing for a distraction in the light of the terror problem. Obama, can build himself up by giving speeches like FDR did that ring hollow in the hears of smarter people but his speeches will be haled by his young supporters like a new hit song. Pied is the piper indeed, who leads the masses down a hill and off a cliff into more poverty. Like Bill Clinton, in his first address to the nation in 1993. He talked in one direction and led in another, "NAFTA". The Dems are in the Whitehouse and not a president. The one sure thing we can say about George Bush, is that he was American's president and he had to make hard choices that his own party cringed at and he took the blame for that choice which was rightly done. Hail to the chief!

beatrice 5 years, 11 months ago

Thank you for your service Mr. President, but let me just say I am very glad that the helicopter has finally left the launching pad. Hope you enjoy clearing brush in Texas. Hail to the Chief, and welcome President Obama!

Steve Jacob 5 years, 11 months ago

Funny that the only way Bush's popularity goes up is if we are attacked.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

Why is it that any post praising Bush is invariably a rambling incoherent mess-- just like he was?

DMH1983 5 years, 11 months ago

srj- that statement has no merit. Bush's approval rating was 92% going into 9/11/01. There is no comparison in history as this was that first foriegn attack on mainland US since the Revolutionary War. George made sure it din't happen again under his watch - no one can begrudge him that!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

"George made sure it din't happen again under his watch - no one can begrudge him that!"But given the general incompetence his administration displayed in nearly every facet of its governance, it's more likely that he deserves credit for his dumb luck, and the fact that a major attack such as 9/11 is extremely difficult to carry out.His true legacy is that he ratcheted up the worldwide cycle of violence, which could very well bite directly back at us, no matter what Obama does.

DMH1983 5 years, 11 months ago

just_another_bozo:Bush did the dirty work the Clinton ignored and his father botched. It is your opinion that Bush was "lucky" but it is fact that it did not happen again in the US even though repeated attacks happened in other parts of the world.

Shane Garrett 5 years, 11 months ago

Welcome to the new world order of Shock Economy! Everything will be turned upside down. out with the old and in with the new socialism.

DMH1983 5 years, 11 months ago

logrthmic - Point is the well-to-do were probably not well-to-do, they had plenty of credit and made bad business choices. Why should I pay for thier bad choices?

Shane Garrett 5 years, 11 months ago

So, my right to freedom of speech recieves the A-hole name calling by the leftwingnuts.

Left_handed 5 years, 11 months ago

Ah, the tolerant left wing haters are out in force. Spew your hatred. Strike out with your keyboard. Soon you will know the power of the dark side.

kmat 5 years, 11 months ago

The happiest day in the last 16 years. Yippie!!!! No more Bush's or Clinton's in power.If Obama has the guts, both Cheney and Bush have confessed, on the record, to committing felonies (approving torture). Time to prosecute. If someone can go to jail for smoking a J, then these guys deserve to spend the rest of their days in Leavenworth.

KS 5 years, 11 months ago

I would like to repeat my 12:39 PM post. You guys are way out of line.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 11 months ago

Let it go, Bush is gone, look forward. But don't burn anything Mr. Chaney. And good luck with coming up with the final $297 million of the $300 million library.

beatrice 5 years, 11 months ago

Just to set the record straight -- the attack happened after Bush had been in office for nine months, not six. That is 20% of his first term. He hadn't "just started." Imagine if the Jayhawks didn't compete for 20% of a game -- people would be beside themselves, but Bush gets a pass? Heck, Obama has just been sworn into office today and those on the right are already asking why he hasn't fixed everything yet. Geez.

KS 5 years, 11 months ago

beatrice - Because BO is the Messiah and he promised us! .

DMH1983 5 years, 11 months ago

Beatrice - 9/11 was in the works when Clinton was in office. The attackers were in this country taking pilot lessons before Bush was even elected.

RonBurgandy 5 years, 11 months ago

Thank God, not GW, that he's out of there. I feel MUCH safer now. Seriously, I do.

MountainLion413 5 years, 11 months ago

To both Liberal and Conservative flamers on this thread:Let's ALL shut down the flame wars around here RIGHT NOW,and face the truth on BOTH sides, once and for all:One administraton has ended.Another has begun.The political cycle in this country works best byconstantly changing back and forth over the years,and always has,and always will.There is something good on each side of the political spectrum, and always will be.Likewise, there is something bad on each side,and always will be.It's not Liberalism or Conservativism that makes our freedoms and our civilization happen.It's the balance and rotation between the two that makes this country work.Deal with it.

JHOK32 5 years, 11 months ago

The historical facts are these: 1. The American homeland was successfully attacked and thousands killed under George W.Bush's watch. 2. Bush used this excuse to invade a country and kill thousands of our kids so his big oil buddies could get Iraq's oil & make his buddies even richer than they already were. 3. Bush financially raped the working people of this country by de-regulating the banking industry so that his big wall street buddies and big banks could make billions more at our expense. 4. We now have to pay billions more to bail out the same people who were already allowed to financially rape this country. 5. Bush leaves this country with the worst financial crisis sense the great depression. 6. Bush is not a patriot. He is a liar and a murderer. The American people are not stupid! The American people have shouted loud and clear!!! God bless Obama! God help him with this incredible mess he now has to clean up. God will put Bush where he belongs....along next to Hitler!

TacoBob 5 years, 11 months ago

Thanks GW.Best of luck to O, for all our sakes. Don't agree with all of his agenda, but he is our President and we need to support his efforts to unite and lead. Godspeed.Log, why are you always so coarse? Rarely a post without cursing.

ScottyMac 5 years, 11 months ago

At 5;16, Poser writes: "If Bush's predecessor had pursued bad guys with as much enthusiasm as he pursued bad girls, 9/11 never would have happened."Um, cute use of parallelism. You must think it's cute, too, considering how many times you've posted it over the last few years.Unfortunately, the sad fact is that your ideologically-driven Republican Congress wasted $40 million of our money and nearly four years of our time successfully distracting the President and embarrassing themselves with the ridiculous Starr Investigation. Why? Because he fibbed about a BJ, a fact that ultimately concerned only himself, his wife and his mistress. We might put it this way: If the Congressional Republicans had pursued the bad guys with the same enthusiasm they pursued the President, 9/11 might have never happened.On the other hand, let's consider your hero, George W. Bush: He is required by the Constitution to address the nation once per year, in the form of the State of the Union. Hero Bush used that speech to 1.) Create a false link between 9/11 and Iraq, and 2.) Knowingly lie to the nation about Iraq's supposed-efforts to purchase yellowcake. He intentionally used his address to scare the nation and draw us into a bogus war that has cost tens of thousands of lives and tens of billions of dollars.Yes, I know you think you're cute. Let me assure you: You are not.

TacoBob 5 years, 11 months ago

You're a smart person. And above the predictable blogger response to a comment on swearing. Good thing the board does not allow the actual words, as I'm sure there would be no issue with using them. My kids and others' read some of these commentaries. Swearing undercuts one's arguments in many ways - their comment. Just an opinion, unsolicted I know. God bless you too, and us all!

jalona 5 years, 11 months ago

glad to see his backside.....btw, bush never made me feel safer. in fact, i don't recall a time in my life when i was more scared just to live:-afraid to fly-afraid to go to a public place, like a mall-afraid to drive over a good-sized bridge-afraid of going to a concert or sports event-afraid of how the rest of the world hates Amercians even more than ever before-afraid to hear about more US casulties in Iraq-afraid of losing my civil rights-afraid bush would be president for the rest of his lifefunny how the attack on US soil happened so early in his presidency, how it was a launching pad for invading Iraq, and how he 'protected' us for the rest of his miserable term.people are so blind

JHOK32 5 years, 11 months ago

Hey NancyBoy: Are you one of the hundreds of thousands of hard-working Americans who were thrown out of their homes by Bush's bankers? How's your 401k looking these days (is there anything even left in it?). Are you one of the millions of Americans thrown out of work standing in the unemployment lines all across the U.S.? How's your health insurance? Are you one of the 40 million Americans that do not have any? Bush vetoed a bill to give health insurance to kids in poverty, then signed a $700 Billion dollar bail out for big banks, wall street, big insurance companies, etc. He was boo'ed when he left for good reason! Good riddens! Maybe now we'll have a President who cares about the regular Americans & not just the millionaires.

rightytighy 5 years, 11 months ago

He is really my hero... stick and stones.... you guys are just haters.... leader of the new world he is... He will undoubtedly go on to astound us all with wonderful acts of self-lessness....argh...no I am not Dick Cheney sorry about getting all yoda on you back there....

KS 5 years, 11 months ago

You lefties just fell for it. Bush is dumb like a fox. He put this country into so much debt that now you can't come up with all your social programs that you want. Nationalized healthcare? How can we afford it now? You are now left holding the bag and W is in Texas enjoying the sunsets. Way to go "W".

igby 5 years, 11 months ago

As a student of history I've learned that the Dems will burn the Nation to the ground just to gain power. When they are in power they are bunglers of freedom more than any Republican has ever been. Just like Obama, said in his speech today, " the change is not going to be freedom or liberty for sure", but hard times and hard choices have to be made too regain a troubled America". Then when the Dems have power, like the 40 years they controlled the house and the senate, the civil war, the Vietnam war, the WW1 and WW2, not to mention murdering thousands of men, women and children in Japan, just to bring a quicker end to a war we were already winning. I find that the only constant virtue of the Dems is mass lies and quick errors that have proven to be inhumane, murderously void of compassion yet they say otherwise and do the worst like the Waco murders then the cover-ups. It's fitting that all the scum of the earth find it easy to become a Dem and vote for all their self interest.But yet they still seem to flip the young voters into voting for them because now their selling immoral behavior as a lifestyle of freedom, living dangerously, recklessly, kill your baby if you don't want it; do drugs and crime because your poor and now, we will protect your health and reward you for your reckless lifestyle and lawlessness behavior. But don't smoke tobacco or use a cell phone while driving or where anyone else can here your conversation, like a coffee shop. Yet some stinking homeless guy and come in and wash his A$$ and douche off in the sink and splatter crud all over the cups and napkins and that's ok for the Dems, because they will tolerate their lifestyle. Gays, have been idolized as gods and when you go into a dinning place downtown and seek the restroom, god forbid you by accident you enter the wrong door and the kitchen staffer has a waiter bent over a broom closet sink pouring the oscar meyer too him. I really seen this happen. It's easy to be a Dem because your basic nature is at best a living troll of a person with a split-personality who is self serving, yet they all can jump on too any band-wagon to save anything at anytime regardless of the outcome.I really could never trust a DEM, never, regardless of their color, back ground or intentions. I think the Bill Clinton lie about Monica, when he shook his finger in all Americans face and said "I never had any sex with that women", says a lot about the high minded Dems. But Today, Obama, sounded just like a God fearing Republican!

West_Sider 5 years, 11 months ago

From the 1.9.09 London Daily MailA victory for the hysterical Oprah Winfrey, the mad racist preacher Jeremiah Wright, the US mainstream media who abandoned any sense of objectivity long ago, Europeans who despise America largely because they depend on her, comics who claim to be dangerous and fearless but would not dare attack genuinely powerful special interest groups. A victory for Obama-worshippers everywhere. A victory for the cult of the cult. A man who has done little with his life but has written about his achievements as if he had found the cure for cancer in between winning a marathon and building a nuclear reactor with his teeth. Victory for style over substance, hyperbole over history, rabble-raising over reality. A victory for Hollywood , the most dysfunctional community in the world. Victory for Streisand, Spielberg, Soros, Moore, and Sarandon. Victory for those who prefer welfare to will and interference to independence. For those who settle for group think and herd mentality rather than those who fight for individual initiative and the right to be out of step with meager political fashion. Victory for a man who is no friend of freedom. He and his people have already stated that media has to be controlled so as to be balanced, without realizing the extraordinary irony within that statement. Like most liberal zealots, the Obama worshippers constantly speak of Fox and Limbaugh, when the vast bulk of television stations and newspapers are drastically liberal and anti-conservative. Senior Democrat Chuck Schumer said that just as pornography should be censored, so should talk radio. In other words, one of the few free and open means of popular expression may well be cornered and beaten by bullies who even in triumph cannot tolerate any criticism and opposition. A victory for those who believe the state is better qualified to raise children than the family, for those who prefer teachers' unions to teaching and for those who are naively convinced that if the West is sufficiently weak towards its enemies, war and terror will dissolve as quickly as the tears on the face of a leftist celebrity. A victory for social democracy even after most of Europe has come to the painful conclusion that social democracy leads to mediocrity, failure, unemployment, inflation, higher taxes and economic stagnation. A victory for intrusive lawyers, banal sentimentalists, social extremists and urban snobs. Congratulations America !

budwhysir 5 years, 11 months ago

I can not believe how one can become so responsible for everything.

JHOK32 5 years, 11 months ago

Igby: You call yourself a student of history? "When they are in power they are bunglers of freedom?" Are you talking about the same FDR that was passionately loved by the people, who could have won 10 terms if he had not died first? The FDR who turned this country around in a heartbeat after the japs bombed Pearl Harbor, then went on to defeat the mighty German army at their own game?...does Normandy ring any bells? How about Truman, another worthless Dem? The man from Missouri who said the buck stops with him...and it did! The man who "screwed up our freedoms" by saving tens of thousands of young American soldiers who would have died in vain by invading the Japanese mainland? Talk to one of the guys who were days away from storming the japanese beaches, I believe he would call Truman his saviour, & he probably was! In war, it is kill or be killed, Truman chose to save American lives & only dropped the bomb after warning Japan. So which side did you say you were on?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

exposer--"No one in the Bush administration ever said that Iraq was involved in 9/11."They attempted to make the connection on numerous connections over many years, right up to the end. Especially Cheney. Anyone who claims otherwise is merely quibbling over what the meaning of "is" is.

tatchity 5 years, 11 months ago

exposer—”No one in the Bush administration ever said that Iraq was involved in 9/11.”I found numerous instances where Bush himself made the connection. In the June 18th, 2004 Washington Post article "Bush Defends Assertions of Iraq-Al Qaeda Relationship" President Bush is qouted as saying"The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and al Qaeda: because there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda," Bush said after a Cabinet meeting."HEY O!

PosseComitatus 5 years, 11 months ago

I swear people, playing this left/right game will destroy you. Keep the people divided and get rich plundering the fruits of thier labor.

igby 5 years, 11 months ago

Jhok32: The Dems got us into these wars for what ever reasons.Defending the French in South East Asia and in Europe. Now ending the war to save more lives from slaughter is commendable but nonetheless, the nuke was born and now the terrorist have it near at hand in Pakistan and someday in Iran. The wars were not solved by diplomacy, never ever.We were attacked at Pearl Harbor and we were attacked on 911. Ending the war was not my case and point at all it's the fact that diplomacy never worked with the DEMS in the past so why on earth can anyone ever believe that diplomacy will work now. "Hope not Fear", my a$$. Hope they don't attack us is what Obama is saying. These are terrorist not Japan or Germany striving for survival and in need of direction. Where dealing with a enemy who want us destroyed. It's shocking how the DEMS attacked Bush for his push into Iraq when the DEMS have been the war starters in the past and even more shocking is the conflict in Vietnam that was started by the Kennedy's but yet the Dems attacked Nixon, a Republican for trying to bring it to a speedy end by bombing Cambodia. Hiliary's hand was in the mix back then as I remember and now she's our head of State. I find this troubling and can see that were headed for trouble in the worst way.

Rex Russell 5 years, 11 months ago

It's really not so cut and dry. I believe GWB was a good man at heart. Some of the people around him were wrong-headed (i.e. Rumsfeld,Wolfowitz), and some were just plain evil (i.e. Cheney,Rove). Bush cannot be blamed for everything that happened under his watch. Congress had a great deal with the deregulation of Wall Street. A lot of lobbying and pocket stuffing accomplished that. Keeping people like Cheney and Rove around as advisors is his fault. These two were a disservice to the country. 9-11 was not his fault. That can be spread around from the last 3 administrations, the CIA, the FBI, etc. The absolute shredding of the Constitution and Presidential power grab is on his shoulders. The Congress acted like lap dogs at the time. Questioning little. The Press was a huge disappointment and let us all down as protecters of the people. I will in no way miss Mr. Bush or his legacy but, I respectfully thank you for your service and wish you well. Cheney, on the other hand, well...........

JHOK32 5 years, 11 months ago

RR: You are absolutely right......Bush was surrounded by advisors with self-serving interests, Cheney being the most blatant. Halliburton got rich(er) and fat(ter) with the Bush / Cheney no-bid contracts they were awarded in Iraq. No bid contracts! .......i.e. a blank check! Fill in whatever numbers you want & the taxpayers will pick up the tab! How were they allowed to get away with this? This was how "democracy" worked in the Bush admin......I call it robbing the American taxpayer blind while being blessed by Bush Inc. to do so.

JHOK32 5 years, 11 months ago

Thank God & Greyhound Bush is finally gone!! He left Obama the biggest financial mess this country has seen since the great depression, the stock market is down 40%, he has killed 4000 of our kids so Exxon & Cheney's buddies can steal Iraq's oil & make more millions of dollars. His big bank buddies have thrown a million people out of their homes, 40 million Americans with no health insurance, unemployment lines in every state, state budgets wrecked, then after leaving this incredible historic trail of destruction, he moves into a new $2 million dollar house and we pay him $400,000 a year for the rest of his life for destroying our country. Yes, he was a great man! We need a couple more dozen just like him!

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