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Bush Plans Jan. 20 Return to Midland and Crawford, Tex.

By Dan Eggen
President Bush will end his presidency the same way he started it, by flying into his boyhood hometown of Midland, Tex., for a rally, the White House said today.

After President-elect Barack Obama is sworn into office at noon on Jan. 20, Bush will depart the White House for Andrews Air Force Base and thence a "welcome home event" in Midland's Centennial Plaza, according to White House press secretary Dana Perino. Bush then will travel on to spend his first night as a former president at the family ranch in Crawford, Tex., near Waco, Perino said.

The schedule brings Bush full circle. He and first lady Laura Bush attended a going-away rally in Midland in January 2001, just before they headed for Washington to move into the White House. President Bush returned to the West Texas oil city again in October, stopping for an impromptu visit to one of his boyhood homes after attending a Republican fundraiser in town.

Both Bush and the first lady grew up in Midland, and the couple married there in 1977. Bush had left West Texas for college, but returned to try his hand in the family oil business and to mount a failed bid for Congress. Bush has frequently spoken fondly of the city, saying at the 2001 rally that in Midland "the spirit of possibility was as big as the West Texas sky."

Although Bush will spend that first night in Crawford, the Bushes plan to live primarily at a new house the couple recently purchased in Dallas. The location will put them close to Southern Methodist University, which will be home to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, including a library and museum.

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Have a nice life, george33.

Posted by: JakeD | January 8, 2009 8:50 PM

Wrong again: Grant was the the biggest liar and laziest President to have ever served the United States. Why don't you just quit while you are behind?

Posted by: JakeD | January 8, 2009 8:49 PM

JakeD: Maybe George Walker Bush was never impeached but he is the biggest liar and laziest President to have ever served the United States.

He lied that he saw the first plane hit the Twin Towers from outside the school room in Florida on September 11, 2001. There was no live coverage of the first plane hitting.

May George Walker Bush enjoy eternity in Hades upon his death, as God will not accept those that lie and sin to the tune of what George Walker Bush has. George Walker Bush's soul has belonged to the Devil since his birth.

JakeD you are delusional if you think these crooks in the Bush Administration have done a good job. Maybe you should check out who the PNAC are and find out how many of their members were in the Bush Administration. As well George Walker Bush's brother Jeb was one of the signing members of the PNAC. Also Jeb Bush had 57,000 Afro American voters pulled off the ballot list in 2000 in Florida making them appear to have criminal records by having a outfit called DBT line up their names with other Americans with criminal records and then had their names removed from the voters list. Jeb Bush cheated to get his brother elected by the results in Florida, so wake up and smell the roses JakeD and get your head out of your butt.


Have a nice life and don't forget to take your meds.

Posted by: george33 | January 8, 2009 8:36 PM

I never thought I'd live to see the day when the WaPo got scooped by the National Enquirer (John Edwards affair) and the Globe (Obama's birth certificate) tabloids!

Posted by: JakeD | January 8, 2009 8:30 PM

Thank you Mr. President. I voted for you twice. I am proud that I did. You and your team did an amazing job is incredibly trying circumstances. You made mistakes as all Presidents do, but you were always my President. I wish only the best to you and your family.

I also wish only the best for our incoming President and his family. Mr. Obama, you will soon be my President and you have my full support. You too will make mistakes, and most Americans will stay firmly supportive of you.

Imagine how quiet these ignorant boards would be if we could all come to this same raional conclusion. Alas, there wil be no trial, there will be no jail term, there will only be sound and fury signifying nothing. The Bush-haters will find something else to hate soon. Thats what haters do. I suggest Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reid for the haters as these folks simply are incapable of doing their jobs.

Posted by: CARealist | January 8, 2009 7:51 PM

I agree that all lawyers (Obama included) are bottom feeders. However, I'm not quite sure what you want me to "stick to" or what a "spoilt little child" is. Maybe you could start by answering my previous question, yes or no: Was the "reality" that Bush got impeached?

Posted by: JakeD | January 8, 2009 7:50 PM

To JakeD: You better stick to your about leaving the Post as your comments are those of four year old, you are like a spoilt little child who pouts when he doesn't get his way. Remember to not to forget your meds before you go to bed as we don't want to hear that your wife had to wake as you were pounding your head against the wall at three in the morning.

As well lawyers are crooks and you usually hire one crooked lawyer to watch the other crooked lawyer as all lawyers are bottom feeders.

Posted by: george33 | January 8, 2009 7:39 PM

All those who couldn't get tickets to the inaugural should go Midland for a final protest of the Bush Crime Family's fleecing of America. The Worst President Ever!

Posted by: thebobbob | January 8, 2009 1:03 PM

Of course (assuming he is legally sworn in that is).

Posted by: JakeD | January 8, 2009 11:31 AM

“If Obama is sworn in as President on January 20, 2009, I agree to leave the WAPO boards forever.”

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 2:08 PM

Are you a man of your word?

Posted by: trident420 | January 8, 2009 9:44 AM

What a day of rejoicing it will be!!!!!

Posted by: freespeak | January 8, 2009 8:03 AM

I read a blog post a couple months ago from someone who said,

"The biggest gamble of [Bush]'s career will be losing secret service protection after 10 years."

I loved that post.

Posted by: zer0lin | January 8, 2009 12:54 AM

I say good riddance to bad rubbish.

Posted by: storeyy | January 8, 2009 12:47 AM


Was the "reality" that Bush got impeached? I certainly must have missed that.

Posted by: JakeD | January 8, 2009 12:07 AM

To JakeD: One thing is definite you are about as narrow minded as they come when it comes to realizing what has happened over the past eight years, but when you are not willing to search for the truth then it leaves two scenarios for you and that is you are to lazy or you don't have the intelligence to research the truth. Have a nice life JakeD and may you eventually wake from your Dream World or aka Your Little Bubble World.

Posted by: george33 | January 7, 2009 11:12 PM

So, is he going to be brought up on charges of rape or torture? At least Bush didn't get impeached.

Posted by: JakeD | January 7, 2009 10:13 PM

It's so nice to know the president will be going to Midland, and Crawford...or anywhere, really, as long as it's out of Washington. May his next Washington visit come when he is brought up on charges for torturing prisoners, flagrantly violating the Geneva Accord, and putting any US hostages at risk for the next 100 or so years.


Posted by: tomcat1 | January 7, 2009 9:50 PM

The relief of America about the eight years of politicas and constitutional constipation must be leading true Americans to joy and acceptance that the inevitable 'runs' of change will bring to it. Those 'runs' will be relieving and healing since they will be tended to by an administration that actually knows about the root-causes and how to remedy these.
The effect of eight years of Bush's policies are running down our collective thighs.
Even if and when we escaped the direct effect of the rape of Liberty and Freedom, that is exactly what eight years of Bush rule left us: The rule of Bush and his Republicans raped Miss Liberty and with that they brutally raped America.

Posted by: Lupercus | January 7, 2009 9:50 PM

Yes George, thank you for keeping us safe on 9/10/01 and 9/12/01, great job on those days. You also kept us safe from martian invasion, meteor strikes and swarms of locusts. And let's not forget to thank bill clinton for keeping us safe everyday except February 26, 1993 too. He let us down on that day but he sure made up for it on the other 7 years and 364 days.

Hmmmm. If a person has a gun pointed at your head are you feeling safe as long as he doesn't pull the trigger? How safe have we been with bin laden still free? Anyone who sat through all those color coded threat levels and felt safe is strange.

Posted by: warfire911 | January 7, 2009 9:37 PM

Don't let the door hit you in the (!)

Posted by: whocares666 | January 7, 2009 9:33 PM

As my grandmother used to say, "Don't let the door hit ya on the way out". Finally, the end of the error.

Posted by: jerzygrl | January 7, 2009 9:32 PM


Chasemanlv mentioned living through Reagan's admin, which should clearly let you know that he is older than 8. But oh wait, I forgot... the Great Ronaldus Maximus did nothing wrong. 0.o

Posted by: jellinotjam | January 7, 2009 9:27 PM

Thank you Mr. President for your courage and for protecting and defending our Country from our enemies. I wish you and your family the best. God Bless you.

Posted by: aagonzalez19 | January 7, 2009 9:26 PM

Goodbye and good riddance to one of the most corrupt, self-gratifying presidencies in recent memory. From the government propaganda scandal, to the disaster that was the handling of Katrina, to the Downing Street Memos, to Abu Ghraib which was revealed recently to be a matter of POLICY and not renegade soldiers (!), to the horribly divisive manner in which this jackass behaved while in office, to the massive national debt, loss of jobs, & piss poor economy.... take it from this independent..... history will not judge kindly the reign of King George W. Bush.

Posted by: jellinotjam | January 7, 2009 9:24 PM

Yes, I forgot to say that it's a safe bet he will not be stealing any china or crystal from the airplane.

Posted by: CarolineJ | January 7, 2009 9:12 PM

Thank you, President Bush, for keeping us safe after the most horrific attack on 9/11/01, and for continuing to do you duties even after it seemed like everyone was against you. You have many friends and supporters in this land. We are just not as vocal as we should be.

Posted by: CarolineJ | January 7, 2009 9:10 PM

P.S. It was magnificent AND courageous, and you will unfortunately realize that sooner than you think.

Posted by: JakeD | January 7, 2009 8:33 PM


You are less than eight years old?

Posted by: JakeD | January 7, 2009 8:30 PM

Good riddance to one of the most corrupt and incompetent administrations I've ever lived through. Even worse than Reagan's.
Magnificent leadership??? Please.
This is one idiot who didn't have a clue. Jan 20 can't get here any faster

Posted by: chasemanlv | January 7, 2009 8:26 PM

Unlike where 2 million people will travel across the world to see Obama, Bush will pay you to show up in Crawford Expect about 5 people-all family members.

Posted by: Dana9 | January 7, 2009 8:25 PM

Don't forget to leave a forwarding address, Boy George - so we can send you the bill for your eight years of corporatist abuse of hard working Americans.

Posted by: pcw5150 | January 7, 2009 8:18 PM

Posted by: WilyTrax | January 7, 2009 8:05 PM

Godspeed, Mr. President! Our nation will forever be indebted for your magnificent and courageous leadership during a time of crisis. Thank you!

Posted by: zjr78xva | January 7, 2009 8:04 PM

Technically, a "going away" rally is not the same as a "welcome home" rally, and Bush won't "depart the White House" for Andrews Air Force Base -- he and Laura will leave right from the Capitol -- what has the once-venerable WaPo become?

Posted by: JakeD | January 7, 2009 7:43 PM

At least we know that he won't swipe any White House china ; )

P.S. Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Jr. (assuming that Sr. is even his real father) will not be sworn in on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | January 7, 2009 7:34 PM

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