President Donald Trump experienced a major political gulf on Tuesday evening when he greeted George W. Bush, his occasional slide, in person at Blair House, Pennsylvania Avenue's presidential home on the White House Pennsylvania Avenue.
The actual distance, however, was only 250 yards – a route – Trump and his wife Melania drove in the presidential parade limousine with a motorcade of at least seven other vehicles.
The Trumps spent 23 minutes with Bush and his wife Laura, all reports suggest a warm meeting The former president exchanged kisses on the cheek with the acting First Lady at the roadside.
It was the last in a series of generous gestures that President Trump made this week to honor the legacy of former President George HW Bush, whose state funeral will be held Wednesday in the National Cathedral.
However, the need for a motorcade led to questions and a healthy speculative dose of why the Trumps were unable or not street.
"Presidents, including the last, have taken a walk before," said Ned Price, who served as National Security Council spokesman in the Obama administration.
"Bone spurs?" asked Sam Vinograd, a political CNN analyst and former US security veteran who joked on Twitter about Trump's statement about his withdrawal from the Vietnam War design.
In an e-mail, Price pointed out that President Barack Obama ran Chinese President Xi Jinping from the White House to Blair House after a private dinner during Xi's state visit in September 201
"It's good coffee, the president bought it," Price remembered McDonough when he returned to the White House.
Trump's motorcade drove along West Executive Drive on Tuesday, between the White House and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The iron security gates along Pennsylvania Avenue swung open, and the presidential limousine turned left, stopping a few feet from Blair House, a stately white-brick townhouse with black shutters. Pennsylvania Avenue and Lafayette Park were cleared of pedestrians who usually gather in front of the White House for pictures or protests, as is customary when foreign leaders or other dignitaries are in the Blair House.
The president's wagon candidates usually include more than a dozen vehicles, including intelligence teams, medical personnel, White House staff, and the press corps. In this case, the pool reporters, who were shadowing Trump's movements, were positioned ahead of Blair House ahead of time and were not in the motorcade, which according to video footage included at least eight vehicles.
The weather Tuesday was overcast and cold but it did not rain. President Trump was the only one of the four wearing a coat.
White House staff declined comment when asked why the Trumps had opted for a motorcade.
Obama often employed a complete motorcade for short breaks, including fundraising hotels near like the Jefferson, just blocks from the White House. During these trips, the streets in downtown Washington had to be shut down, sometimes during rush hour, and so the evening work commutes were buzzing.
Like his predecessors, Trump also brought the National Christmas Tree's recently lit illumination onto the ellipse – though Trump left the press pool behind his speech when he returned to the White House, while the reporters were stranded outside in cold temperatures and on her displeasure was annoying. (The White House pool of 13 reporters, photographers, and videographers has long watched the US president record his history and emergency movements.)
According to a pool report, bushes did not return to trumps Curb after private meeting at Blair House. Trump and his wife walked to their side of the limo and waved to the press corps, but he did not answer their questions when he re-entered the vehicle for the short drive back.