Obamas, Bushes and Hillary on 34 hour round trip flight to Mandela's funeral on Air Force One

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    Dec 10, 2013 4:15 AM GMT
    Love to be the fly on that wall. It would be just about as interesting as Reagan, Carter, Ford and Nixon going to Sadat's funeral in October 1981.
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    Dec 10, 2013 1:43 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidA friend of mine (and former RJer) is in Jo'burg right now. He's a cameraman with a television news organization in the US and he's shooting the funeral and all the related solemnities. He just posted to facebook about how he got some exclusive footage this morning with Jimmy Carter.


    Stangely enough, only one US senator went. Can you guess who ... of all people?

    That's one grueling round trip flight. Wonder if the Obamas and Bushes will run out things to talk about, cooped up together for 34 hours? Wonder if Obama will 'end up' with a painting?

    Trips like this can produce interesting friendships and alliances such as Carter and Ford on the Sadat trip.
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    Dec 10, 2013 3:12 PM GMT
    Probably a pleasant flight, as much as I disagree with Bush politically, I do believe he's a genuinely nice person and on top of that, he's pretty much stayed out of commenting on politics since the end of his term.
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    Dec 10, 2013 3:57 PM GMT

    I think a few heads will likely explode considering the concept that your fearless leaders who are normally at each other throats in public are, in reality, outside of politics, personal friends. Not at all what a lot of US voters think. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 10, 2013 4:17 PM GMT
    Mr_Kyle_Barker saidProbably a pleasant flight, as much as I disagree with Bush politically, I do believe he's a genuinely nice person and on top of that, he's pretty much stayed out of commenting on politics since the end of his term.


    That's a bit of an understatement
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    Dec 10, 2013 7:27 PM GMT
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    freedomisntfree saidStangely enough, only one US senator went. Can you guess who ... of all people?

    Orrin Hatch?


    You'll never believe this and even I think I would need to see a boarding pass and ID.

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    Dec 10, 2013 7:29 PM GMT
    Senator Ted Cruz
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    Dec 11, 2013 8:14 AM GMT
    Why should there be animosity? Those on-board are effectively equals (counting Hillary as a First Lady), while Bush and Obama never competed. And Obama turned out to be roughly as shoshlust as Bush was. icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 11, 2013 8:32 AM GMT
    Mr_Kyle_Barker saidProbably a pleasant flight, as much as I disagree with Bush politically, I do believe he's a genuinely nice person and on top of that, he's pretty much stayed out of commenting on politics since the end of his term.


    Yeah his mother did enough commenting -- stating that Katrina victims were getting better treatment than their previous living conditions. Bush always wanted to make a name for himself. I'm sure his father probably views his son becoming the 43rd president as the start of having their name tarnished.
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    Dec 11, 2013 8:38 AM GMT
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    I think a few heads will likely explode considering the concept that your fearless leaders who are normally at each other throats in public are, in reality, outside of politics, personal friends. Not at all what a lot of US voters think. icon_lol.gif


    I believe there is a mutual respect. My law professor said they are really the same thing when it boils down to it; I found out he is a democrat. To live in that kind of "mind set", not many others can genuinely relate -- so I'm sure they do communicate.
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    Dec 12, 2013 5:21 AM GMT
    Hope they all built plenty of bridges

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/inside-air-force-obamas-bushes-clinton-bond-mandela/story?id=21177264