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Saying Bye to Bush?

Post reporters are hearing rumblings that people are planning to gather outside the White House after Barack Obama's inaugural address to wave goodbye to President Bush, as he and wife Laura leave by helicopter after eight years at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. But will it be supporters or people happy to see him go? If you plan to be in that crowd, tell us more about what you expect the scene to be like in the comments.

By David A Nakamura  |  January 16, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  | Category:  Crowds , In the Community , Protests
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Wait a sec; won't he be leaving by helicopter from the Capitol grounds after the ceremony? Or, are people just assuming that he'll buzz the White House on his way out of town?

Posted by: azs1 | January 16, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Will Rep. Weiner send a similar letter to Obama about his $150,000,000 party???

January 11, 2005


President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

The festivities surrounding your inauguration later this month are slated to cost $40 million – making this the most expensive inauguration in history. I urge you to re-direct those funds towards a use more fitting to these sober times – bonuses or equipment for our troops.

Precedent suggests that inaugural festivities should be muted – if not cancelled – in wartime. In the midst of World War II, President Roosevelt held his 1945 inaugural at the White House, making a short speech and serving guests cold chicken salad and plain pound cake. During World War I, President Wilson did not have any parties at his 1917 inaugural, saying that such festivities would be undignified.

Furthermore, $40 million could provide substantial support for our troops overseas. For example, we could buy armor for 690 unarmored humvees or provide a $290 bonus for each member of the armed services station in Iraq.

Please re-direct all the funds raised for the inauguration to our brave men and women in uniform.

Will any Democrat stand up?


Posted by: ObamaBiden | January 16, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I suggest we all take off a shoe and wave it in the air!

Posted by: caroman | January 16, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

The helicopter leaves from the capitol building, not the white house. The Planners of this send off are not going to be in the right place.

Posted by: cm1265 | January 16, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I think the famous sports stadium victory song, with a few edits, would be most appropriate:

Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey-ey, goodbye

We'll never love you, the way that Rove love you
'Cause if Chaney bombed you, no no, he wouldn't make you cry
You might love Gitmo' baby, but its days are numbered
So dog-gone willin'
So diss him (I wanna see you diss him. Wanna see you diss him)
Go on and diss him goodbye, now

Na na na na, hey hey-ey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey-ey, goodbye

Posted by: VirginiaResident2007 | January 16, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

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