Nightly News | May 31, 2012
>>> and finally tonight, as we saw a little earlier in the broadcast, there was quite a moment today add the white house . political controversy made way for tradition and political civility as president obama welcomed former president george w. bush and former first lady laura bush back to unveil their official portraits, giving them a permanent place in the white house . guests included the president's parents, former president george herbert walker bush wearing some colortial socks as you can see, and his wife barbara. as the current president paid tribute to his predecessor.
>> all of us will always remember the image president bush standing on that pile of rubble, bull horn in hand, conveying extraordinary strength and resolve to the american people but also representing the strength and resolve of the american people .
>> i am pleased that my portrait brings an interesting symmetry to the white house collection. it now starts and ends with a george w. when the british burned the white house , as fred mentioned, in 1814 , dolly madison famously saved this portrait of the first george w. now michelle, if anything happens -- there's your man. and i'm also pleased, mr. president, that when you are wandering these halls as you wrestle with tough decisions, you'll now be able to gaze at this portrait and ask, what would george do? it is my privilege to introduce the greatest first lady ever, sorry, mom.
>> it was really gracious of you to invite us back to the white house to hang a few family pictures. and i'm sure you know nothing makes a house a home like having portraits of its former occupants stair staring down at you from the wall.
>> the portraits, by the way, were done by the renowned artist john howard sanden . they'll hang in the entrance hall of the white house , president bush to the right of president clinton . thanks for being