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Obama's day: Honoring George H.W. Bush

5:54 AM, Jul 15, 2013   |    comments
US President Barack Obama (L) claps while Barbara Bush (2L) and former US President George W. Bush (R) smile as former US President George H. W. Bush waves to supporters during a dedication ceremony at the George W. Bush Library and Museum on the grounds of Southern Methodist University April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. The Bush library is dedicated to chronicling the presidency of the United State's 43rd President, George W. Bush. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI
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President Obama spends part of Monday paying tribute one of his Republican predecessors.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama welcome ex-President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush to a White House ceremony to recognize the Points of Light volunteer program.

"Points of Light -- the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service -- mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world and recognizes individuals who are making a difference through service and volunteerism," says the White House schedule.

The first President Bush established the program in 1989.

Monday's ceremony at the White House includes recipients of the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award: Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton, a retired couple and farm owners from Union, Iowa, whose nonprofit organization delivers free meals to children suffering from hunger in more than 15 countries, including the United States.

The Obamas also have lunch with the Bushes, and members of the Bush family.

Obama awarded President Bush a Medal of Freedom in early 2011.

The elder Bush's visit comes two weeks after Obama met with former President George W. Bush during a trip to Africa.

David Jackson, USA TODAY

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