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Surprise guest greets Obama in Houston: former President George H.W. Bush

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HOUSTON — President Barack Obama had an unexpected greeter upon his arrival in Houston Wednesday: former President George H.W. Bush.

Seated in a wheelchair, Bush was waiting at the steps of Air Force One as Obama and wife Michelle exited the plane. The 89-year-old, who has become known for his colorful socks, donned a red, white and blue pair for the occasion.

PHOTO: President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by former President George H.W. Bush as they arrive on Air Force One at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by former President George H.W. Bush as they arrive on Air Force One at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The short reunion between the presidents occurred at an airport named in Bush's honor.

The Obamas and Bush shook hands and talked for a few moments. The former president also greeted several lawmakers and White House aides traveling with Obama.

Obama is in Bush's hometown of Houston for a pair of Democratic fundraisers. The White House had not announced that the former president planned to welcome Obama upon his arrival.

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