Skip to comments.A Day in the Life of President Bush (many photos): 1-16-09
Posted on 01/16/2009 6:20:28 PM PST by silent_jonny
More lasts today
This morning President & Mrs. Bush departed the White House for Camp David, Maryland, where they will spend their last weekend as the First Couple before Tuesdays inauguration.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave her final press conference today at the State Department in Washington. She also met with Israels Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. Dr. Rices last official act as Secretary of State was signing a memorandum with Foreign Minister Livni that will help prevent arms smuggling to terrorists in Gaza.
And today Press Secretary Dana Perino delivered the Administrations final press briefing (Transcript). Dana took time to pay tribute to her predecessor Tony Snow and to all the members of the White House press staff. But one name was conspicuously absent from her remarks.
Q Dana, you mentioned Ari and Tony, but I don't think I heard you mention Scott. Was that a slight or was that -- was anything deliberate --
Dana: No harm meant, I just didn't mention him.
What did you think of his comments [on MSNBC] last night?
Dana: I didn't bother watching them.
Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island
Photos of the Day:
President George W. Bush leaves the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, for his last trip to Camp David, Md. as President.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice waves and bids farewell to a lobby filled with employees after her last scheduled work day at the State Department in Washington, January 16, 2009.
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino waves good-bye to a reporters after giving her final daily briefing, Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, at the White House in Washington.
The photo of the day is great. We are going to miss him.
How is he doing?
Snugs’ dad? I think he’s at home now.
Fabulous Jonny - I love getting to peek inside their lives. Last day of work - whoo hoo!
(Many thanks to Kaslin for helping me sort through these :)
Vice President Dick Cheney sits next to first lady Laura Bush as they await the final address of President George W. Bush to the nation from the East Room of the White House in Washington January 15, 2009.
The presidents daughters Jenna Hager and Barbara Bush and his sister Doro Bush Koch, right, attend President George W. Bush's farewell address to the nation, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
President George W. Bush walks to the podium in the White House East Room for a primetime live television address to the nation in Washington January 15, 2009
President George W. Bush arrives to deliver a nationally-televised farewell address from the White House East Room in Washington, January 15, 2009.
What a moment, right out of Ronald Wilson Reagan. The young upstart President who supposedly cant talk his way out of a cardboard box and has been corralled by Yaaawns machine and the Stone-age press, decides to go past their Filter and talk directly to the American people. Thats when he landed the haymaker and ended the Yaaaawn Global Test & Carrys platform.
What a perfect metaphor for the Stone-age press distorting the truth for all the world to see. Just like last weeks debate where the moderator wanted to become the story and asking anti-Bush question after question. Starting Yaaawn with, would you be a better President? Whats he going to say no? Then Mr. (hate your guts) President, explain your failed Go It Alone War! Here in a Town hall debate, Charlie Glibson helps Yaawn clarify one question and then tries to corner President Bush with Charlies follow-up he had been laying in wait.
The proud Republican looked at the Ratherforged Danosaur holding the Gate with all of his weight, trying to pin the mustang in his coral, spewing those vile flames. The young strapping cowboy sized up the situation and decided if your are going to keep that Gate closed, I will turn my steed through the Internet Gate and talk to the American People directly. He has those rare instincts of a normal person to say, if youre not going to let me get my message out; then I will go talk to my people my way. What a perfect reflection revealing the dying mediaCrats of the Old NY Times and ABDNCBS and Ws way of leading.
And what a message he gave! Not only did he defeat the media, he fileted Yaawn with the skill of a Champion Bass Fisherman. He turned to the people with arm extended and said, Tell Tony Blair, your going it alone, tell Berlusconi, your going it alone, tell the President of Poland Kwasniewski, your going it alone..You Cant Lead a coalition that way! Game, set.....
That was a rhetorical moment for all times.
This debate will go down as one of the Great Debates of this country. President Bush not only defeated and exposed Yaaawn Tax & Carry for the Liberal he is but exposed the press to the American People. He was masterful in his delivery and his answers were complete and from the heart. This President has one of the most complex minds that has occupied that office since Lincoln. I would say Ronald Reagan, but Yaaawn seems to mention RR at least 10 times per debate trying to sound Conservative even though he hated Reagan.
From that moment on, you could see that Kerry was done. Searching for ideas and numerous times stumbling, bumbling, over words. His answers were disjointed syntax and not on topic add to that his turning away from the audience to lecture and dress down The President of The United States on his failed policies, going way over the top.
His worst answer of all, was his answer on abortion. The beautifully angelic young lady asked a question from her terrified heart about the need to end Partial Birth Abortion? Yaawn attempts to answer it by droning he was in Vietna....no wait, that he was a Catholic and an Alter Boy? What does being an alter boy have to do with abortion?? He fished for Dingbats work with Planned Abortionhood and then after W answered it so clearly and compassionately, Yaawn has to have a follow-up?? Why would anyone need to have a follow-up on abortion?? Abortion is not an issue that you debate with your mind but your soul. Either you believe it is a baby and death or you dont.
What a night and what an answer to Prayers. GW showed the country and the world why we Bushbots love him like only one other President, his mentor; who must have that twinkling little eye with that rosy smile, President Ronald Wilson Reagan.
Pray for W and Our Troops
President George W. Bush is applauded during his farewell address to the nation Thursday evening, Jan. 15, 2009, from the East Room of the White House, where President Bush said it has been a privilege to serve the American people. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian
Good evening and thanks for the ping. The photos of the day are definitely keepers
Love the PotD of Condi waving!
Dad comes home on Monday
Thank you for the Dose tonight Jonny!
I believe Eleanor’s dad is to come home Monday if all goes well
President Bush: Tonight I am filled with gratitude -- to Vice President Cheney and members of my administration; to Laura, who brought joy to this house and love to my life; to our wonderful daughters, Barbara and Jenna; to my parents, whose examples have provided strength for a lifetime. And above all, I thank the American people for the trust you have given me. I thank you for the prayers that have lifted my spirits. And I thank you for the countless acts of courage, generosity, and grace that I have witnessed these past eight years.
This evening, my thoughts return to the first night I addressed you from this house -- September the 11th, 2001. That morning, terrorists took nearly 3,000 lives in the worst attack on America since Pearl Harbor. I remember standing in the rubble of the World Trade Center three days later, surrounded by rescuers who had been working around the clock. I remember talking to brave souls who charged through smoke-filled corridors at the Pentagon, and to husbands and wives whose loved ones became heroes aboard Flight 93. I remember Arlene Howard, who gave me her fallen son's police shield as a reminder of all that was lost. And I still carry his badge.
As the years passed, most Americans were able to return to life much as it had been before 9/11. But I never did. Every morning, I received a briefing on the threats to our nation. I vowed to do everything in my power to keep us safe.
Good luck !
Some poignant farewells they will be missed.
Thanks for the dose - love the way Dana put it about Scott
I think my heart is breaking.
I could say goodbye, let him go off and get a rest for a change, if it were not for that freight train headed our way after he leaves.
Saturday 9p et -- President Bush joins Hannity for a look back at his time in office!
Sunday 8p et -- Dana Perino sits down with O'Reilly for a special 'Factor'!
I always thought Scotty just missed out on the perfect title for his book:
One last weekend at Camp David..all bitter sweet.. I suppose they are having their personal things loaded on moving vans today and over the weekend. I feel like this is a funeral. I’ll miss Dana’s press meetings with that annoying bunch..she can handle em for sure. Condi and the rest of the troop too all for different reasons.
I hate to see the carpetbaggers moving into 1600...makes me ill. I hope there will be photos of President Bush and Laura as they return to Midland..I have no interest in seeing what the black widow will wear to the balls..none of it.. Historic maybe ..too bad it isn’t a person of color who has merit.
President Bush: There is legitimate debate about many of these decisions. But there can be little debate about the results. America has gone more than seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil. This is a tribute to those who toil night and day to keep us safe -- law enforcement officers, intelligence analysts, homeland security and diplomatic personnel, and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.
Our nation is blessed to have citizens who volunteer to defend us in this time of danger. I have cherished meeting these selfless patriots and their families. And America owes you a debt of gratitude. And to all our men and women in uniform listening tonight: There has been no higher honor than serving as your Commander-in-Chief.
The last Friday Dose, jonny. Hard to swallow.
He really began it and ended his way. No decent
person could fail to grasp his earnest devotion
to his prime duty. I’m really glad he reiterated
the irrefutable reality that’s no accident and
that folks have taken for granted:
we have not suffered another homeland attack since 9/11,
thank God, President Bush and our incredible military.
God help us in the coming days.
Thank you so much for all your incredible Doses
(Deece?) and fun here ... ;)
FYI: Dana Perino paid a lovely tribute to Tony
Snow in her last press briefing.
Here’s the video of the whole thing, and the
segment about him comes on just a few minutes
into the briefing.
Well done, good and faithful servant.
Godspeed, Mr. President!
Mrs Laura Bush smiles as she listens to President George W. Bush deliver his farewell address to the nation Thursday evening, Jan. 15, 2009, from the East Room at the White House. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian
President Bush: It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as your President. There have been good days and tough days. But every day I have been inspired by the greatness of our country, and uplifted by the goodness of our people. I have been blessed to represent this nation we love. And I will always be honored to carry a title that means more to me than any other - citizen of the United States of America.
And so, my fellow Americans, for the final time: Good night. May God bless this house and our next President. And may God bless you and our wonderful country. Thank you. (Applause.)
God bless you, Mr. President.
Once again you demonstrate your Grace, Class and Love of Country--all things your successor lacks.
President George W. Bush grasps hands with Former Homeland Security Advisor, Tom Ridge, as he receives applause following his address to the nation Thursday evening, Jan. 15, 2009, from the East Room of the White House. White House photo by Eric Draper
President George W. Bush holds the badge of a police officer killed in the September attacks. "And I will carry this," said President Bush during his address to Congress Sept. 20 . "It is the police shield of a man named George Howard, who died at the World Trade Center trying to save others. It was given to me by his mom, Arlene, as a proud memorial to her son. This is my reminder of lives that ended, and a task that does not end."
Is the Dose poster gang going to do weekly followup on President Bush after he leaves office? And maybe some reprises on what Bush was doing at similar times in his administration 8 years before?
I hope our Dose gang (even though I hardly post anymore) won’t be tossed out without keeping in touch through the coming years.
Good man! Goodbye but not forgotten!
Goodbye and how dare some say good riddence!
Shame on the Bush Bashers!
I have never written on this thread. but I have enjoyed looking at the pictures for the last 8 years. Like some of you, my heart is breaking and will forever hold this president dear to my heart. Thank you for all your work in updating this everyday.
Hail to the W!
Great photos Jonny
I could sleep peacefully knowing he was there. I feel lost.
President Bush shakes hands with his former attorney generals, John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales.
What a good and gracious man we have been privileged to have lead us for the last 8 years. May God bless him and give him a joyful life in Texas!
I am on a church retreat this weekend, but I will check whatever shows up on The Dose when I get back Sunday evening.
Thanks to all of you who have contributed to this thread over the years. It's been a privilege to know all who posted here (with the exception of a few trolls early on...ha!).
President George W. Bush with painter Andrew Wyeth after Wyeth received the 2007 National Medal of Arts in the East Room of the White House in Washington, in this file image from November 15, 2007. Wyeth died on January 16, 2009 at the age of 91. Picture taken November 15, 2007.
Laura and I deeply mourn the death of American painter, Andrew Wyeth.
Mr. Wyeth captured America in his paintings of his native Pennsylvania and Maine.
Mr. Wyeth was no stranger to White House recognitions. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963. President Nixon sponsored an exhibition of Andrew Wyeth's paintings at the White House. In 1990, my father presented Mr. Wyeth the Congressional Gold Medal. And in 2007, I awarded Mr. Wyeth the National Medal of Arts in recognition of his lifetime achievement and contribution to American arts and culture.
Laura and I are fortunate to have known Andrew Wyeth and to have had the pleasure of enjoying his work. In 2005, Andrew and his wife, Betsy, presented to the White House his painting, "Jupiter," which is displayed in the Family Sitting Room in the Residence.
On behalf of the American people, Laura and I offer our sincere condolences to Betsy and the Wyeth family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Andrew Wyeths Jupiter
Thank you for tonight’s dose. I appreciate all of your hard work with these threads!!
I don’t know how I will cope without the daily dose!
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino makes remarks during her final briefing January 16, 2009 at the White House in Washington, DC.
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino is seen at her last press briefing in the briefing room at the White House January 16, 2009.
Dana: Welcome, everyone, to the last press briefing of the Bush administration. It's hard to believe that this is my 145th and final press briefing behind this podium. Over 1,000 briefings have been given by press secretaries and deputy press secretaries, at this podium, since the beginning of the administration -- starting, of course, with our very good friend, Ari Fleischer.
I've been honored to have been able to speak on President Bush's behalf and it's been a privilege to take your questions.
We've prepared a tribute to you today, but before we get to that, let me first thank my amazing press staff. They've seen me at my worst -- usually at 6:30 a.m. -- but they always help me to present my best. I think you'll all agree that this is the most professional, experienced and fun press staff that we've ever had. Thank you all.
Thank you again for all of your hard work and dedication to these threads, SJ.
We are planning to do this the final details are not worked out yet
Prettiest press secretary ever! :)
[The laughter coincides with the images on display on either side of the podiumDana and the President having a little fun with the haughty press corp.]
Dana: I have a lot of respect for the White House press corps -- don't look so surprised. (Laughter.) It's true I respect you, because you never once complained about your work space. (Laughter.) Even though sometimes it could be a little cramped. I respect you because you are always at the top of your game, you never miss a beat. (Laughter.) Even when on some days you felt like lying down on the job. (Laughter.)
I respect you because no matter the distraction, you always reported on the most critical news facing the nation. (Laughter.) And I hope that that respect is mutual, because I believe this administration has done our best to cater to the press corps' every need. (Laughter.)
People always ask me, what is one myth you wish you could clear up about the President? I think it's that he doesn't appreciate the role of the press. Well, I am here to tell you that he really does. As he said in his press conference earlier this week, he wishes you all nothing but the very best. (Laughter.)