Bush back home in Texas
by amNewYork staff
Tonight, George W. Bush is just another guy in Texas.
Unfazed by his unpopularity after eight erratic years in office, Bush exited his presidency today while wearing a smile and blowing a kiss as his limo left the White House.
Some in the crowd at Barack Obamas swearing-in ceremony booed when large viewing screens showed the two-term Republican president arriving.
At one point, people cheered when they heard a broadcaster announce, George Bush is no longer president of the United States.
But it was quite a different story at his raucous homecoming in Midland, Texas last night.
A jovial Bush told the crowd how happy he was to return home, saying, Laura and I may have left Texas, but Texas never left us.
Recognizing that many of his decisions as president had been unpopular, Bush stressed that every day I followed a set of principles. He added that he was, coming home with my head held high and a sense of accomplishment.
(AP Photo)Earlier in the day, Bush and his wife, Laura, hosted Obama and his wife, Michelle, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, and lawmakers for coffee at the White House.
Keeping with a White House ritual, Bush left a note for Obama in his desk in the Oval Office, wishing him well as he takes the reins of power.
I wont provide any details, but the theme is similar to what hes said since election night about the fabulous new chapter President-elect Obama is about to start, Bushs press secretary Dana Perino said.
After the inauguration, Bush quickly disappeared into a hangar for a private farewell speech to scores of former White House aides and supporters before boarding the plane to Texas. He was expected to arrive at his Crawford, Texas, ranch late last night.
Aside from relaxing, Bush said his future plans involve writing a book. Id like to be a part of making the real history of this administration come to life.
Dick Cheney had the misfortune of attending the days events in a wheelchair. Cheney, 67, pulled a back muscle while moving boxes.
On NBC News, Tom Brokaw said Cheney had a Dr. Strangelove
appearance. (with AP)