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What George H.W. Bush said to his son after W’s 2001 inauguration



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President George H.W. Bush, left, looks on at his son George W.
Bush’s, right, first inauguration in 2001.


  • Former President George W. Bush shared a touching memory of
    his father, the late President George H.W. Bush, in an interview
    with “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday.
  • The elder Bush died on Friday at
    his home in Houston, Texas.
  • The pair were the second father and son to both serve as US
    president, and the younger Bush spoke about the special moment
    they shared in the Oval Office after his inauguration in 2001.

Following the passing of former President George H.W. Bush on
Friday, “60
” aired an interview with his son, 43rd President
George W. Bush, who shared a touching memory of his father from
shortly after he was sworn in as commander-in-chief in 2001.

After going back to the White House after the inauguration, Bush
says his chief of staff Andy Card took him to the Oval Office to
see it for the first time as president.

Soon after, his father joined him in the room and they shared a
special moment, as only the second father-and-son to both be
elected president. The younger Bush recalled:

“My favorite story about all that is … I had just gotten sworn
in and Andy Card said, ‘Why don’t you do down to the Oval and see
what it feels like as president.’ And I said, ‘OK.’ So I went
down, sitting down there and just kind of taking it all in, and
in walks dad.

“So Andy had told dad that I was down there. And he walks down
and I said, ‘Mr. President, welcome.’

“He said, ‘Thank you, Mr. President.’ And that’s pretty much all
that was said for a while. And it was a very profound moment for

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react to the death of former president George H.W. Bush

George W. Bush was the eldest of George H.W. Bush’s six children
with his wife Barbara Bush, who preceded him in
death this past April.

Bush’s last words were to his
. As the end neared on Friday night, George W. Bush called
his father and told him that he loved him.

“I love you too,” his father responded, in his last words.

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