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Former President George W. Bush and family join President Obama for portrait unveiling at White House

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US President Barack Obama, former US president George W. Bush with First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush arrive for the unveiling of the Bush's portraits on Thursday in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

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Former President George W. Bush unveils his portrait in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday.

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Former US president George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush speak during the unveiling of their portraits on Thursday in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

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Former US President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara arrive for the portrait unveiling of former US president George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

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President George W. Bush's daughters Jenna and Barbara have their photo taken in the East Room at the White House in Washington on Thursday prior to the unveiling of President Bush's official portrait.

President and Mrs. Obama host former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush for the official unveiling of their portraits, which will will hang in the White House.

This report from NBC's Shawna Thomas includes some of the humor the two presidents shared at the event:

“When the British burned the White House ... in 1814, Dolly Madison famously saved this portrait of the first George W. Now Michelle, if anything happens, there's your man,” Bush joked. (During her speech, First Lady Michelle Obama promised she’d go straight for his portrait.)

And former President Bush didn’t spare the current president: “I am also pleased, Mr. President, that when you are wandering these halls as you wrestle with tough decisions, you will now be able to gaze at this portrait and ask: What would George do?

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