The Washington Times - July 15, 2013, 08:49AM

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush at the White House Monday to honor the 5,000th Point of Light award recipient from the national volunteer service that Mr. Bush helped to create.

A grinning Mr. Bush sat beside Mr. Obama in a wheelchair during a ceremony in the East Room. He was sporting a pair of candy cane-striped socks, a sartorial flourish that has become the 41st president’s trademark.

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Mr. Obama hailed his predecessor for having “sparked” a national interest in volunteerism. 

Mr. Bush, 89, and in frail health, said the trip to the White House is “like coming home for Barbara and me.”

The ceremony recognize Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton, a retired couple from Iowa who are the founders of a nonprofit that delivers free meals to children suffering from hunger in more than 15 countries, including the United States.

The Daily Point of Light Award was established by Mr. Bush in 1989 as part of his effort to promote volunteer service.

The event also highlighted both presidents’ commitment to national service, the White House said.

The two presidents were last together in May at the opening of the presidential library in Dallas for Mr. Bush’s son, former President George W. Bush.