Washington: George W. Bush left the White House for the last time as US president Tuesday, accompanying his successor Barack Obama to Capitol Hill for Obama’s inauguration.
Obama and Bush arrived at Congress 10 minutes later, on the final countdown to the Democrat’s historic inauguration as the first black US president.
Following the inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation’s 44th president, Bush and his wife Laura boarded a helicopter alongside the US Capitol. The new president and his wife walked them to the chopper keeping with tradition to see them off.
The Bushes retraced a very familiar route flying to Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland before getting on a plane for the flight south.
The Bushes are first headed to Midland, Texas, for a homecoming celebration in the city that hosted a send-off for them eight years ago. Then they’ll go to their ranch in Crawford for their first night as private citizens again.