Bushes Wave Last Goodbye

Former president leaves Washington
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2009 1:08 PM CST
Bushes Wave Last Goodbye
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush waves as on the steps of the US Capitol.   (AP Photo)

George W. Bush resumed life as a private citizen today, boarding a chopper for Andrews Air Force Base after a final hug and handshake with President Obama, the AP reports. The unpopularity of the Bush administration was no secret, as some in the inauguration crowd booed the Bushes and cheered when they heard a TV announcer say, “George Bush is no longer president of the United States.”

Others sang out “Na-na-na-nah, hey, hey, hey, goodbye,” a chant usually reserved for the losers of sporting events. But Bush appeared unflappable as ever, smiling and waving through the ceremony. Bush will attend a welcome-home rally in Midland, Texas, on his way to the family ranch in Crawford. (Read more George W. Bush stories.)

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