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Would You Invite President Bush to a Dinner Party?

This past weekend's Washington Post featured a quaint (yet lengthy) piece about a retired couple living the "simple life" in a quiet Texas suburb. Oh yeah, the retirees also happen to be former President and First Lady, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Bush.

The couple has settled into a nice routine at 10141 Daria Place in Preston Hollow. One recent dinner party went something like this:

The main dish was chicken potpie. George and Laura Bush left their cul-de-sac in the back of a dark sedan, exited through a Secret Service checkpoint and rode down streets bordered by lawn signs adorned with gigantic W's to welcome them home.

It had been a bad week for the country. President Obama spoke on television about the burdens he had inherited in office: anti-American sentiment, two wars, a recession. But it had been a good week at 10141 Daria Place. The Bushes shared stories over dinner about their return to Texas after eight years in Washington. They had improved their sprinkler system and hung custom-made green drapes. Neighbors had brought over homemade cookies and a potted houseplant.

That's got to be one heck of an adjustment, going from national security briefings to custom drapes deliberations. But the Bush's are transitioning just fine into their golden years, which also includes fundraising gigs for his $300 million presidential library.

Would you like to sit down to some chicken potpie with the new retirees?


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IdeaOfOrder IdeaOfOrder 8 years
I'd take a meal with any President, George W included.
stephley stephley 8 years
Why no Dave, it doesn't.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"but I do want my guests to have more than a passing acquaintance with truth-telling and value life at any stage of development" So does that mean you have no credibility?
stephley stephley 8 years
Rove calls Biden a liar, no one with any credibility does.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"Biden can come to my house any time - you can't get a better recommendation than Karl Rove's." So it's only the conservatives that you don't want at your table, and not necessarily liars?
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 8 years
Absolutely! I have so many questions for him.
stephley stephley 8 years
Biden can come to my house any time - you can't get a better recommendation than Karl Rove's.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"but I do want my guests to have more than a passing acquaintance with truth-telling and value life at any stage of development" So I guess Biden isn't on the list either?
Jinx Jinx 8 years
It's doubtful. Maybe if I needed comic relief.
poissondujour poissondujour 8 years
Oy, no... I like to have reasonably bright people over to chat with, though his daughters seem interesting.
janneth janneth 8 years
Absolutely yes, plus Laura.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
GS, it's not about disagreeing with his politics. One of my best friends Zeifa is Muslim and from Pakistan (hehe makes you conservatives seem lewd and trendy), and I love him to pieces. We debate a lot whenever we decide to let the peace slide. It's about my lack of respect for him after his actions during his presidency. I could never sit across from someone who I thought negligently handled a war and who I believe deliberately lied to their country. The economy I can forgive, but the mishandling of lives and the covering up of information and control strategy in the media outlets I can't and I don't value him higher than the common criminal. There are plenty of Republican presidents I would love to sit down with socially, he just isn't one of them. I don't inherently think a Republican or Libertarian president is a bad president.
stephley stephley 8 years
I don't insist people agree with my politics in order to share a meal with me, but I do want my guests to have more than a passing acquaintance with truth-telling and value life at any stage of development.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Like a couple of others, I think any president would be a fascinating dinner guest. How boring if we only surround ourselves with people who agree with our politics. There is so much more to life than politics.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
With the former-president? No. However I would not mind inviting his wife and daughters to a dinner party; they seem lovely.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Yep, I don't like him as a president but I have nothing against him as a person and he'd probably be very entertaining. No one's ever said he wasn't likable.
geebers geebers 8 years
I would even though I totally disagreed with his policies- i would want to meet anyone who is part of the key team in the White House though.
laka laka 8 years
Yes. I would be curious to speak to him in person, as a person.
gidigirl gidigirl 8 years
Invitations!!! Thats what i get for being snarky!
gidigirl gidigirl 8 years
No... nothing personal, It's just that .. I tend to reserve my dinner party invitataions for people i consider intellectually stimulating.
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 8 years
Yep! We would have to have bbq, though. Never was a big pot pie fan.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I do kinda miss him though.... he is entertaining with all the gaffes.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Probably all of them! :)
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I wonder how many of Biden's stories are based on "faulty intelligence"?
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