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Originally published Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 11:35 AM

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Ex-President Bush and wife leave capital for Texas

Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, have boarded a plane in suburban Maryland for their flight back to Texas after eight years in the White House.

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. —

Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, have boarded a plane in suburban Maryland for their flight back to Texas after eight years in the White House.

Following the inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th president, Bush and his wife Laura got on a helicopter stationed alongside the U.S. Capitol. The new president and his wife walked them to the chopper - keeping with tradition - to see them off.

The Bushes retraced a very familiar route - flying to Andrews for the jet ride south.

At Andrews, they paused for a time to greet supporters and military personnel.

The Bushes are first headed to Midland, Texas, for a homecoming celebration in the city that hosted a send-off for them eight years ago. Then they'll go to their ranch in Crawford for their first night as private citizens again.

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