L-R: Former President George H.W. Bush, President-elect Barack Obama,
President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton and former
President Jimmy Carter in the Oval Office.
On January 7, President George W. Bush, with President-elect Barack Obama, hosted a historic reunion of former U.S. Presidents at the White House, the first gathering of its kind in more than twenty years. This meeting was an important occasion in the history of the office, as well as a landmark for the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
All of these Presidents — past, present, and future — share a Phi Beta Kappa connection
All three former U.S. Presidents are Phi Beta Kappa members. George H.W. Bush became a member at Yale University in 1948, Bill Clinton at Georgetown University in 1968, and Jimmy Carter became an honorary member at Kansas State University in 1991.
The other two are sons of Phi Beta Kappa members. President George W. Bush's father is former President George H.W. Bush. President-elect Barack Obama's father, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., became a member of Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Hawaii Manoa in 1962.
Phi Beta Kappans share the honor of membership with seventeen U.S. Presidents and seven of the nine current U.S. Supreme Court Justices. To see who else belongs to Phi Beta Kappa, click here.
To read the full story about the reunion of former U.S. Presidents on MSNBC, click here.
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