President Obama will welcome President George H.W. Bush and members of the former first family to the White House on Monday to honor service volunteers.
Former first lady Barbara Bush will join the 41st president to celebrate the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award, given out by the world’s largest organization devoted to volunteer service — a group in which Bush serves as honorary chairman — a White House official said.
Bush created the award in 1990.
“Monday’s event brings together two presidents and families united in their commitment to growing volunteerism and service – an issue with a long history of strong bipartisan support,” a White House official said, previewing the event. “Like the Bushes, the Obamas’ commitment to service and volunteerism runs very far back – and is an issue they have championed since their first days in office.”
The White House official highlighted the bipartisan backing for Points of Light, noting that just a few weeks ago, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile introduced conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly and danced with former Republican White House strategist Karl Rove at one of the group’s conferences.
Neil Bush, a brother of former president George W. Bush, also will attend the event.
In recent months, the elder Bush was hospitalized with a severe case of bronchitis, but the 89-year-old has since made a full recovery, his family said.