8 years ago on this day, George W. Bush and his family prepared to head home to Midland, Texas, where they’d be greeted affectionately by their hometown community.
In honor of the Bush family’s return, Midland hosted a community-wide celebration. The 20,000 free tickets nearly sold out, and the event featured performances by Lee Greenwood, Rodney Atkins, and the Gatlin Brothers.
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry was also present and spoke at the event.
But it’s not so for the Obama family this year. They’re skipping town after the inauguration for a Palm Springs vacation, and then it’s back to Washington, where they’ll live in a permanent home they moved into earlier this week.
Check it out (via CBS):
On earlier visits to the Coachella Valley, Obama hit the links with boyhood friends at courses in Palm Springs, La Quinta and Rancho Mirage, but with rain expected in the Coachella Valley over the next few days, it’s uncertain how much golf the outgoing president will get in during his vacation…
The visit is likely to give new life to rumors circulating for years that the Obamas plan to buy a home at Thunderbird Heights.
Shocking! From the President who spent a disproportionate amount of his time in office golfing—first on the agenda as a private citizen? Golfing.
In all seriousness—good for the Obamas. The President is officially off the clock, so a family vacation only makes sense.
But man, do we miss our classy, homegrown, small-town-America Bush family.
They really knew how to make us proud.