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Posted on 01/07/2009 5:59:15 PM PST by silent_jonny
Today President Bush welcomed former President George H. W. Bush to the Oval Office. A disbarred lawyer, a failed peanut-farmer and a former ACORN employee were also in attendance. (Transcript)
President Bush: All of us who have served in this office understand that the office transcends the individual.
Translation: Playing president-elect is a lot different than actually being president, Barry.
First Lady Laura Bush unveiled the official George W. Bush State china plates this afternoon during a press availablity in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House. (Transcript) The 320 plate service was designed by Mrs. Bush and Nancy Clark, the White Houses chief florist, and is only the fourth such china set large enough to be used for state dinners at the White House (the other three sets are named after Presidents Johnson, Reagan and Clinton).
The First Lady was also asked about her plans after January 20th.
Q Mrs. Bush, what will you do on the night of January 20th? You'll fly back to Texas?
Mrs Bush: That's right. We'll fly back to Texas, and we'll end up at our ranch with a number of friends who will be going with us, who will be there with us that night to spend the first night at home there. So that will be fun.
And then a few days after that, whenever it's -- the painters have finished, we'll move -- I'll move -- the moving vans at our Dallas house and move in there.
More information from White House Press Secretary Dana Perino (Transcript)
Dana: [On Inauguration Day] President Bush will depart from Andrews Air Force Base and head to Midland, Texas, where he will participate in a welcome home event in Centennial Plaza, which is the town square. And you'll recall that Midland is where the send-off event for President-Elect and Mrs. Bush took place in January of 2001.
Following the event, the President will fly to Waco, Texas, and then will spend the night at his ranch in Crawford. And as we get more details on that I'll be happy to provide them for you.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice attended a meeting at the United Nations today.
And this afternoon, President Bush and former President GHWB hosted a Reception in Honor of the Points of Light Institute in the East Room of the White House. (Transcript)
Dana: [The] program is in honor of President George H.W. Bush's contributions to the Points of Light Institute, which focuses on redefining volunteerism and civic engagement for the 21st century by putting citizens at the center of community problem-solving.
Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island
Quote of the Day:
President Bush: The strength of America is not our military, it's not our wallet; it in the hearts and souls of our citizens, those who hear the universal call to love a neighbor just like they'd like to be loved themselves.
Photo of the Day:
President George W. Bush and former President George H.W. Bush sit together during a reception in honor of the Points of Light Institute at the White House in Washington January 7, 2009. At left are former First Lady Barbara Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
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Dana Perino: For the first time in over 27 years, all living U.S. Presidents will meet together at the White House in what will certainly be a historic gathering. These former Presidents have experienced something that, as I said yesterday, very few of us can even imagine. And President Bush is happy to welcome President-Elect Obama to lunch today, because he will soon be a member of this small group
The last such meeting at the White House was on October 8, 1981, when all living former Presidents -- Nixon, Ford and Carter -- met Ronald Reagan before departing for the funeral of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
I will miss President Bush immensely. And not just because of who his replacement will be, but I will miss him, period.
President Bush: I want to thank the President-elect for joining the ex-Presidents for lunch. And one message that I have and I think we all share is that we want you to succeed. Whether we're Democrat or Republican, we care deeply about this country. And to the extent we can, we look forward to sharing our experiences with you. All of us who have served in this office understand that the office transcends the individual. And we wish you all the very best. And so does the country.
Is me or what does Jimmy Carter seem standoffish there
BOY Bill Clinton and Jimmy look veryyyyyy bad indeed
So pick one of them for dead pool in 2009
Thank you for the ping, silent_jonny.
It's a pretty set of china, 100% privately funded and donated to the White House by President and Mrs. Bush. Even so, those three aging divas on Good Morning America, Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts and Sally Quinn, were super catty about it this morning. Quinn was busy wringing her hands about why the set was donated only two weeks before GWB leaves office. Sawyer and Roberts were whining about the cost of the set, even though it didn't cost the taxpayers a dime and is a DONATION.
Sheesh! What part of DONATION do those three hags not understand?
An exchange between Dana andthis reporter isnt identified by name, but it has to be Helen Thomas. No one else could be this callous and stupid.
Dana: [speaking about the Israel/Gaza situation] The easiest thing to stop the situation would be for Hamas to stop sending rockets into Israel. I think there were 35 that were sent from Gaza into Israel yesterday, and if that was to halt, I think a cease-fire would be something that would be achieved much more quickly than if they don't.
Q -- stop the bombarding of the innocent Palestinians. The U.S. has not called for anything and the President gave the green light for this slaughter.
Dana: First and foremost, the Israelis did not ask the United States' permission. I do not believe that the --
Q They didn't ask permission, but they got the backing.
Dana: I do not believe the that Israelis are targeting innocent civilians. But we do know that innocent civilians have been caught up in this fighting, and that's why we are concerned about it. And they have halted --
Q They're not caught up, they're being bombarded.
Dana: I think they are caught up in it. And I -- it's a terrible situation. You have one -- I think over a million people living in a very small area. The best thing that they could do for themselves is to have their leaders make a decision to renounce terror and violence, and at least, at the very least, to stop sending the rockets right now so that a cease-fire could be put in place that could be lasting.
Q How about the U.S. vetoing any attempt for a cease-fire?
Dana: What we are seeking is a cease-fire that would actually last. I think the worst thing that we could have is to have this vicious cycle continue.
Q Why? Stop the killing.
Dana: Well, would you say the same, that Hamas should stop the killing of innocent Israelis?
Oh Jonny!!! ROFLMBO at the Three Stooges. Although it’s evening, that made my day.
POLKA DOTS TIE...just like I said...in honor of Mom!
What a nice son - good idea, Sir!
Dana Perino...you are such a gem! I love your brain!!!
Too bad Hamas and their apologists in Europe and the U.S. combined don't have an IQ above room temperature sufficient to figure this simple truth out.
Nice cropping jonny! My eyes thank you ;-)
In all honesty, I think Jimmy and Billy look a lot better than they have a right to look.
Carter is no kid. How old is he, anyway.
Of course, the two Bush’s look very fine indeed.
I looked it up. He’s 84 ... since I cannot stand the man he’s never looked good to me, but not bad for his age.
Clinton doesn’t look bad either ... looks like he always has.
Dubya is the best looking and has not aged that much.
Obama ... well, what can I say?
Perfect! These photos are REAL! And your introduction was terrific, too.
Just popping in to say a quick hi!
Judging from the *enhancements* to #8, I’d say the new computer is working great! LOLOLOLOL
Mrs. Bush: Good morning, everyone. I wanted to let you all see and announce the last acquisitions to the White House collection, made during President Bush's term. And these are all things that have been in the works for several years, and ended up taking longer than we thought. I actually thought we would be able to use some of these and enjoy them, but in fact most of them, except for the Anna Weatherley china, were just delivered, really, these last few weeks. I think the rug came in maybe right before Christmas, but we just put it down. I saw it first in here when we came home from the ranch for the holidays
I consulted with our floral designer, Nancy Clarke, who you all know. We tried to think of a color and a sort of china that would be something that really we could use that would be different from the red Reagan china, from the yellow Clinton china, and from the wildflower china of Lady Bird Johnson's.
And so we determined that green was a really good idea for one more set of china for the White House.
Is me or what does Barek Osmraa look like Will Smith in that baseball cap I am serious he is Fresh Prince of the district
Yep! Has to be.
What an embarrassment. To America, to the media...to humanity.
I think we can look forward to a lot of inappropriate outfits by the O family, except maybe the little girls who look pretty good mostly.
Just a few more days of The Dose. I’ll miss it.
BTW Roscoe I like how Bill clinton push Jimmy out of photo op
He probably like John Stockdale on SNL skit who are you where am I LOL!
Dana Perino is another one I will miss terribly.
A cup from the George W. Bush State China shows the traditional eagle and the green basket-weave detail that are characteristic of the George W. Bush china unveiled by Mrs. Laura Bush, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 in the Family Dining Room on the State Floor of the White House.
The George W. Bush State China, unveiled Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at the White House by Mrs. Laura Bush, has a gold rim with a green basket-weave pattern and a historically-inspired gold eagle throughout the 14-piece place setting.
The rim of the Magnolia Residence China, which was unveiled Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, by Mrs. Laura Bush at the White House, has a varied and detailed pattern from nature. There are 75 place settings of the service which were purchased by the White House Historical Association through the George W. Bush Redecoration Fund. This new china, which was designed in Virginia and hand painted in Hungary, will be used in the private Residence. White House photo by Shealah Craighead
Pieces of the Magnolia Residence China, which was unveiled Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, by Mrs. Laura Bush at the White House, show variations of the detailed theme from nature. Plates show an elegant magnolia for which the pattern is named. There are 75 place settings of the service which were purchased by the White House Historical Association through the George W. Bush Redecoration Fund. There are 75 place settings of the new china. The service includes the service plate, the dinner plate, a salad plate and desert plate, a soup cup, tea cup and tea saucer. White House photo by Shealah Craighead
Thanks again to our awesome President and First Lady.
You are the Abraham Lincoln standing in a Global Gettysburg.
Perfect depiction, silent-jonny.......although the 3 Stooges may be offended...
The Security Council meets at the United Nations headquarters to discuss the Middle East Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice extended a visit to New York to participate in talks at the United Nations on an Egyptian-French proposal for a truce to end fighting in the Gaza Strip.
BOy also I mention does Barek Osmara look Will Smith with that baseball cap call it is Fresh Zero from chicago
President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush arrive to the East Room of the White House for the reception in honor of the Points of Light Institute January 7, 2009 in Washington, DC. U.S. President George W. Bush and Former President George H. W. Bush are expected to speak at the reception.
‘Dana Perino...you are such a gem! I love your brain!!!’
Nord, I agree. I think Dana Perino is terrific. She doesn’t take any guff from the low life pressers but she’s always professional and calm. I wrote to thank President Bush but I’ve been thinking of writing to Dana too....she worked so well with Tony Snow and has done a terrific job since assuming her very demanding position.
President Bush: Thank you all. Mr. President. (Laughter.) Yes? No -- (laughter.) Thank you all for coming. I'm told there are seven speakers. So there's now about to be six. I thank you -- I welcome you to the White House. I hope you take advantage of the reception that we have after these seven short speeches. And I want to thank you for your compassion.
The strength of America is not our military, it's not our wallet; it is -- lies in the hearts and souls of our citizens, those who hear the universal call to love a neighbor just like they'd like to be loved themselves.
And so, for those of you who are rallying the armies of compassion, and encouraging the armies of compassion, we thank you.
And now it is my honor to introduce my brother -- Neil M. Bush. (Applause.)
GHWB: I particularly want to thank the President and the First Lady for opening up the White House, and for keeping the spirit of volunteerism alive and well. Service to others, he believes and I believe, we all believe -- and I have to be the most biased person in this room, but I think this President and this First Lady have done an extraordinary job in taking this concept forward
I know the idea behind this event was to honor what our administration started, but speaking for my team, the honor was all ours. And that's the way it is when you engage in community service. The satisfaction of knowing that you've made a difference is indeed the greatest reward.
Of course, there's still so much to do. So let me simply close by encouraging our new leadership, all on the team, to get out there and keep fighting away. I may not be able to suit up again and get out on the field with you like I would want to, but the Lord knows I'll be there with you in spirit every step of the way.
And thank you all for being here. Thank you all for your support for this concept of volunteerism, helping others. It's a great thing.
And so now I have another honor, and that is to introduce a Point of Light, himself -- a musical Point of Light -- Larry Gatlin. Where is he? (Applause.)
silent_jonny: You have out done yourself!! The feature photo is AWESOME, the selection of quotes is stellar, and the Three Stooges’ edit is INSPIRED!!
Hugh Hewitt also out did himself with the following commentary:
THE LEGACY OF GEORGE W BUSH
By Hugh Hewitt
. . . Bushs great legacy is the peaceful transition of power in an age of terror, a legacy made possible by his courage and his resolve to take the battle to our enemies, confront and defeat them wherever they could be found, contain them when they could not be attacked, and demand of the world a seriousness about the threat that remains real and deadly in its intentions. He has modeled how to act as president in this new media age of virulent venom at home and of fanatical violence and hatred abroad with detachment toward the former and courage toward the latter.
Count me among the 30 percent, which will soon be 40 percent and then more than 50 percent much sooner than most of the chattering class can conceive. Bush is deeply loved and respected in places as diverse as remote villages in Africa and booming tech centers in India and, despite the noise from a left still trying to diminish his character, among tens of millions of Americans grateful for the care he has taken to protect them and their families.
But his greatest admirers will be Americans, and perhaps Afghans, Iraqis, Israelis, Indians and Africans a century or more from now who read about his record and resolve in so many efforts will marvel at his restraint and credit his faith and his family for a remarkable service to freedom.
You can read the entire commentary here:
GEORGE W BUSH COMES TO MIDLAND ON INAUGURATION DAY
Watch the video announcement from Don Evans and Mayor Wes Perry here:
Read some great ‘welcome home’ comments from the folks at lucianne.com (a refreshing contrast from what often passes as commentary at FR — NOT the DOSE of course):
I hope MANY of you are planning to attend this welcome home party for our beloved President and First Lady!
I was going to fly in from Ohio but my hubby will be busy with a trial and my sister was just asked to attend a board meeting on the same day — she’s the lead counsel (and just as bummed as I am at the moment)! HOWEVER, I’m hoping we can all enjoy this event vicariously through our Texas DOSErs. We need you to provide us with a FULL REPORT (and photos)!! . . . yes, I’m talking about you LUV W!!
Here’s an AP article about the same event; I enjoyed the video link from CBS 11 Dallas:
thanks silent_jonny, and g’night all.