Former Bush adviser Mark McKinnon was among the large crowd that flew to Texas Tuesday with George and Laura Bush on Air Force One, renamed Special Air Mission 28000. Blogging for the Daily Beast, McKinnon said Bush displayed “equanimity, grace and a generosity of spirit” as he moved about the cabin and that he believes Bush “feels a genuine warmth for President Obama” and wants him to succeed. On the flight home, McKinnon wrote, “There was a lot of talk of old days and old times. About how eight years had flown by. About how children had grown. There was no high-fiving or celebration. And no weeping or whining. Just a quiet and friendly exchange of hugs between longtime colleagues and friends who had traveled a lot of miles together and weathered a lot storms.” No mention of two awkward moments earlier in the day, as reported by the Washington Post: “When George Bush and Dick Cheney were announced for the final time as president and vice president, thousands on the Mall sang: ‘Na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, hey hey hey, goodbye.’ When Bush’s helicopter took off from the Capitol’s East Front to take him to Andrews Air Force Base for his flight to Texas, shouts from the ground followed him: ‘Go home!’”
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