It doesn’t involve a Democrat besides himself, of course.
The left-leaning Tom Hanks has had many visits to the White House but the actor credits former Republican President George W. Bush for his most memorable excursion.
On a 2004 trip to Washington, D.C. for the dedication of the World War II Memorial, for which Hanks helped raise money, the actor took his wife Rita Wilson and their two sons on a tour of the White House.
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“Nothing was happening at the White House. It was empty,” Hanks said in an interview released Thursday on WNYC’s “Sooo Many White Guys” podcast.
As his wife returned from a bathroom stop on the tour, she ran into Bush who was on his way to work out in his gym clothes. The former president took over as the personal tour guide for the Hanks family.
“We’re walking towards the Rose Garden to go into the Oval Office,” Hanks said. “I swear to God, there was a dead blackbird laying in the grass.”
The Oscar-winning actor recalled what Bush did next that his family will never forget.
“And we said, ‘Oh, my gosh, look at that.’ And he said, ‘Ah! That’s a shame.’ And he picks up the bird with his bare hands and he says, ‘Yeah, we get these all the time in the ranch,’ ” Hanks continued. “And he threw the black bird into the bushes.”
Bush then reportedly said “the crew will pick that up,” Hanks added.
“I gotta tell you, the Hanks family has been dining out on that story for like a thousand years,” the 60 year-old star said.
Hanks also took a moment to talk about the espresso machine he recently gave to the White House press corps.
It was the third time Hanks bought a coffee maker for the journalists’ break room at the White House.
“The difference between this coffee machine and those previous coffee machines is two words: social media,” the actor said.
“I got a lot of credit just for making sure the White House press corps still had a decent source of a legal, addictive stimulant that is coffee,” he added.
Hanks, a life-long Democrat, held out little hope of the current president even being elected when he declared last year that then-candidate Donald Trump would be elected when “spaceships come down filled with dinosaurs in red capes.”
After Trump’s November victory, Hanks offered a different perspective than his liberal Hollywood colleagues, reassuring America that “we are going to be all right.”
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