There goes the neighborhood
President Bush won't be leaving his current D.C. home for another three years — but that hasn't stopped gossip that he's already planning to move back to Dallas.
Although Bush grew up in Houston, he raised his family in Dallas' Preston Hollow neighborhood. First Lady Laura graduated from nearby Southern Methodist University, which is favored to get Dubya's presidential library.
Some wager the Bushes would resettle in Highland Park, the tony township inside Dallas. Many Bush cronies live there, including Laura's pal Debbie Francis, whose husband, Jim, was chairman of the Bush Pioneers fund-raising group in the 2000 campaign.
When oilman Lee Fikes bought an empty Highland Park plot to build a 13,000-square-foot mansion — directly across from Dick Cheney's former home on Euclid Ave. — whispers spread that Fikes was fronting for the First Family.
Dallas Morning News columnist Alan Peppard calls that theory "baloney." Other real-estate oddsmakers think the Bushes might prefer Dallas' Turtle Creek neighborhood, home to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and financier Ed Cox.
The White House had no comment on any of it.