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Bush, Clinton join Realtors to celebrate a city’s return

Former presidents promote recovery fund

NEW ORLEANS -- Former presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton -- unlikely collaborators in a shared campaign -- promoted their fundraising efforts for hurricane-hit Gulf Coast communities and supplied some comic relief, too, as they took center stage Saturday at a National Association of Realtors conference in New Orleans. Bush has not been a stranger to the housing market -- he has lived in about 30 homes during his 60 years of marriage. "Barbara likes to say, 'Thirty houses in 60 years (of marriage) means you can never hold a job,'" Bush joked, noting that he lost one of those houses -- the White House -- in 1992 when Clinton came along. His first house cost $8,000, "which these days probably doesn't even cover the commission you guys charge," he quipped. He also tossed out an off-color "ugly woman" joke about a protester in San Francisco, explained why he chose not to dance on the Berlin Wall during the days of its collapse, and said he still can't seem to shirk the pu...