Bush family, Obamas, unveil portraits at White House
U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Thursday welcomed former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush to the White House.
The once-political foes exchanged niceties as part of an unveiling of the official portraits of President Bush and the former first lady, which will be hung in the White House.
After the Bushes, with the inclusion of former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush, arrived at the White House, the families shared a lunch before the unveiling. Vice President Joe Biden was also present for the unveiling, which happened in the White House East Room.
During public comments, George W. Bush joked saying that he wonders if Obama walks the halls of the White House, thinking “What would George do?” Not to be outdone, Laura Bush took the stage and joked that nothing makes a home like pictures of its former occupants.
The pictures are, by tradition, commissioned and then donated to the White House. The artist, John Howard Sanden, born in 1935 in Austin Texas, was chosen by the Bush family.