George H.W. Bush popped up out of nowhere at the airport in Houston Wednesday to greet the Obamas as they landed in the city to raise money and bash Republicans.
He was just there, on the tarmac, waiting to say hello. Not sure what the point was. To thank Obama for undermining the Constitution he nearly died protecting during World War II?
The airport is named for Bush. So does he just hang out there and welcome people to his airport?
“I just wanted to say hi to the president,” Bush said.
Okay . . .
Anyhoo, from the pool report
George HW Bush was waiting at Bush Intercontinental. Seated in a scooter. He smiled as the Obamas came down the steps, as did they. They stood on either side and spoke with him for several minutes, she on his right side holding his hand, the president with a hand gently on Bush’s left shoulder at times. Bush touched the back of his leg. All very friendly gestures and body language. Lots of smiles.
Pelosi came down. Followed by Sheila Jackson Lee. Each got a kiss and embrace. Al Green also leaned in for a chat.
“I just wanted to say hi to the president.” Bush said as Obama worked a spectator pen.
Jay Carney came over to say hello. Introduced himself.
“I know who you are,” Bush said, smiling.
A number of poolers (me included) shook his hand. His was warm and firm.
To (White House photographer) Doug Mills. “Look at you. You don’t look any older.”
(New York Times reporter) Peter Baker mentioned last weekend’s reunion at the Bush library in College Station. “That was a nice event,” Bush said.
Bush wore a patterned blue blazer with flag lapel pin, light khaki pants and light blue shirt. Socks have red white and royal blue stripes.
Here’s a photo Peter Baker tweeted out.
Such a happy old guy. He earned it.
In fact, while I’m thinking about it, Obama probably should have handed Bush his Nobel Peace Prize for all Bush has done – actually, done – for peace by opposing Nazi and Soviet expansionism, managing the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc, and preventing Saddam Hussein from subjugating half the Middle East.
But I don’t think that’s what was in Michelle’s hand.