Obama Gives Standard Stump Speech at George W. Bush’s Portrait Unveiling
I must confess being disappointed at just one thing at the unveiling of the portrait of George W. Bush. I was hoping, ’cause it’s in the room there, everybody’s in the room, and it’s hidden behind a drape. They have the unveiling, and they lift the drape and everybody looks at the portrait, “Ooh, ahh, ooh,” and they applaud and so forth, and I was just hoping that somebody would have put a cartoon bubble on Bush’s face or near Bush’s face and inside the bubble it said, “Miss me yet?” I would have loved that. In fact, we may do a mock-up of the portrait at RushLimbaugh.com. I know it would never happen. But, folks, something like that has happened before. I’ll tell you a little secret. Well, it’s not a secret because I have mentioned it before.
I have spent the night in the Lincoln Bedroom and I got to know the stewards in the White House. They’re great people. And after the 1992 election, I used the connections that I had made, and I asked if it would be possible for a note to be placed on the pillow in the bedroom, the Lincoln Bedroom, when Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and her husband, Harry, slept there the night of the inauguration. I knew they were going to, ’cause they were bragging about it, they were talking about how they were gonna sleep in Lincoln’s bed. Of course Lincoln never slept — the Lincoln Bedroom, by the way, was Lincoln’s office. It’s on the residential floor. There was no West Wing, there was no Oval Office at the time.