Bush's Hidden Legacy

Published: Thursday, May 31 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush, followed by first lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush, arrive in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 31,2012, for the unveiling of the Bush's portraits.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated Press

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Eleanor Clift writes in The Daily Beast about former president Bush's surprising influence on his successor:

"It would have been hard to imagine not so long ago, but Barack Obama will be saying some very nice things about George W. Bush on Thursday.

"It's become a time-honored ritual that with the installation of a past president's portrait in the White House, his successor heaps praise on the man he once reviled on the campaign trail. A shared sense of the enormous job of keeping America safe in the face of countless threats bonds these former opponents."

Read more about the unveiling of the Bush's portraits on The Daily Beast.

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