First time that all living Presidents/President Elects are in the White House together since 1981. The event even inspired George W to make a statement that not only was Bushism-free, but was actually pretty damn cool (guess the release of pressure that must accompany the dwindling days he must spend in that office are making him more relaxed and clear minded):
“One message that I have and I think we all share is that we want you to succeed, whether we’re Democrat or Republican we care deeply about this country,” Bush said. “All of us who have served in this office understand that the office itself transcends the individual.”
Also, I love that rug! Apparently in the video that was posted of this photo op, you can hear Clinton telling W that he’s always liked it. Somone on DailyKos mentioned that Laura Bush had designed it so I looked it up on The Google, and sure enough – she did! I may not have a heckuva lot of respect for her husband and the job he did, but I’ve always liked Laura. I read she was getting a publisher for a book deal and you know what, I would read it! A few of my liberal friends are already snickering about it but I’m interested! I LOVED Hillary’s book about her time as First Lady. I wouldn’t mind getting a peak into what it was like for Laura as well.
Whichever way you lean politically, the peaceful transition of power and the way our former executives interact with each other is truly unique. After all, there is no one in the world who understands what it is to sit at that desk than those 4 men. It’s wonderful that they would be so willing to lend a hand to the next one in line.