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George W. Bush Never Left Washington Until December 26th For One Incredible Reason

December 23, 2015
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While President Obama has been at his favorite vacation spot in Hawaii for days now, it not always was this way.

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In fact, for the 8 years of George W. Bush’s presidency, he never left the D.C. area until the day after Christmas. One year a reporter, the Washington Times’ Joseph Curl, was curious why the President simply stayed at nearby Camp David instead of spending Christmas at his beloved Crawford ranch and asked a White House staffer.

“So all of us can be with our families on Christmas.”

This shook Curl who wasn’t used to this treatment. Additionally, President Bush sent a separate plane to pick up the press corps the day after Christmas so that they could bring their families if they so chose.

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This perk no longer exists, meaning if any member of the press or staff wanted to go with family, it would cost over $1000 instead of around $100.

If the press remembers President Bush for nothing else, they will for the tremendous generosity he showed them.

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From the Washington Times:

Every year, in the week between Christmas and New Year‘s, I think aboutGeorge W. Bush.

It was in that week each year for the eight years I covered him as a reporter that he gave me a spectacular gift — and he knew it.

Read more at the Washington Times

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