WASHINGTON, Jan 20 – 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 ceremony, Bush was to leave the Capitol by helicopter for Andrews Air Force base just outside Washington and from there head back to his native Texas aboard a US Air Force jet.
Obama and Bush rode together in an armored limousine past screaming lines of people behind security barriers along Pennsylvania Avenue.
Their enormous motorcade included the new and outgoing vice presidents, Joseph Biden and Dick Cheney, who was taken to their shared car in a wheelchair after hurting his back moving boxes into his new house in Washington’s suburbs.