Thursday, May 31, 2012
Three presidents gather for Bush portrait unveiling
Posted by CNN's Tom Cohen Washington (CNN) -
There were smiles, laughter and tears - but little politics - when former Presidents George W. Bush and his father, George H. W. Bush, joined current President Barack Obama at the White House for the unveiling Thursday of the younger Bush's official portrait. An emotional ceremony in the East Room saw the new White House residents thanking their predecessors for their service to the nation and for helping them out during the move more than three years ago.
NOTE: This is not about politics today but about the grace and dignity of the current President when President and Mrs. Obama welcomed the Bush Family and others to the White House for the unveiling of the official portraits of President George W and Laura Bush. This is what makes many of us proud of America that the current President reaches out to his predecessor for the unveiling. At times like this, it is great to see politics set aside just as President and Mrs. Bush did when they welcomed the Obama's to the White House after he was elected so they could visit their new home.
This makes me proud to be an American and see President's from two separate parties come together for an event like this and put politics aside.