44: a very nice number indeed!

a folder for U.S. President Barack Obama (the 44th president) is shown, left for him by Former U.S. President George W. Bush on the Resolute desk in the Oval Office

The Big Picture from The Boston Globe has some amazing photos from Washington DC and around the world during yesterday’s Inaugural events. The satellite photo is incredible, of course, but it was the above image that appealed to me. Just a simple shot of former President Bush’s last message, thoughts, etc. left behind for President Obama. Even if Bush hasn’t always been popular with people here and around the world, Obama made sure to always treat his predecessor and opponents with a great deal of respect.

I dare not speculate what Bush may have written for Obama, but the inherent symbolism of opening the envelope, turning the page and looking towards the future is something I think we all can appreciate.

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3 Responses

  1. shindo says:

    Going on what President Obama saying about him and his family being neighborhood people, the new President is a good neighbor globally, nationally, and locally. We may not always like the neighbors he reaches out to, but he recognizes they are part of the community he’s building.

    Bu$h, not quite the good neighbor on the level of his successor, was definitely treated by Obama in a neighborly manner. Impressive, especially how the transition went.

    I do love how he’s reached out to the online community, first with Twitter and now the White House Blog.

    latest entry: Obama Inauguration 2009

  2. Lolypup says:

    It also needs to be pointed out that Bush gave Obama an equal amount of respect and unlike Clinton when Bush came into office, Bush helped make the Obama transition as smooth as possible. Say what you will but Bush has integrity and left office with the respect of many.

    The world never has been and never will be so one sided as many make it out to be.

  3. Esprix says:

    Ha! The post-it is classic. “44” indeed!

    latest entry: Do over!

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