Traveling back from South Africa, where the two families joined
former President Bill Clinton and former President Jimmy Carter at
Nelson Mandela's memorial service, the Obamas and Bushes dined in a
conference room on the presidential plane during the return journey,
White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state who also traveled
with the Obamas to South Africa, did not return on Air Force One.
She was to go back to the United States with her husband and
Also attending the dinner: Obama's senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett,
national security adviser Susan Rice, and Attorney General Eric
Obama criticized Bush, a Republican, heavily during his 2008
presidential campaign. The two men have had a respectful
relationship since then, while seeing each other infrequently.
(Reporting by Steve Holland; writing by Jeff Mason; Editing by Paul Simao)
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