Bush Shows Off His Paintings, And Other Scenes From Air Force One’s Flight To South Africa

Call it a power trip. En route to Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in South Africa this week, Air Force One carried the president and first lady, an ex-president and his wife, a former secretary of state and various members of the Obama administration.

White House photographer Pete Souza captured the journey.

Above, according to the White House, former President George W. Bush shows photos of his paintings to First Lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Valerie Jarrett, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, Attorney General Eric Holder and former First Lady Laura Bush on Dec. 9, 2013.

All photos and captions are Souza’s.

President Barack Obama jokes with former President George W. Bush shortly after boarding Air Force One for the trip to South Africa, Dec. 9, 2013. 


Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with the Obama’s [sic], Ben Rhodes and Capricia Marshall aboard Air Force One, Dec. 9, 2013. 


President and Mrs. Obama, former President and Mrs. Bush, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrive in South Africa, Dec. 10, 2013. 


The Bush’s [sic] and Obama’s [sic] board Air Force One in Johannesburg. 


President Obama and President Bush talk as they get ready to have dinner aboard Air Force One with their wives and Valerie Jarrett, Tina Tchen and Susan Rice.