POSTED: Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 5:15pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 5:19pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The White House was home to a picture of bipartisanship Thursday as President Obama hosted both Presidents Bush, 41 and 43 and their wives for the unveiling of George W. Bush's portrait.
President George W. Bush used the opportunity to pay tribute to his father.
"I am honored to be hanging near a man who gave me greatest gift possible -- unconditional
love -- and that would be number 41," Mr. Bush said.
President Obama, meanwhile, paid tribute to his predecessor.
"President Bush understood that rescuing economy was not a Democratic or Republican issue," Mr. Obama noted.
Still, the warm words came as President Obama's campaign team had opened a new attack on the Republican running to be president, Mitt Romney.
Romney, charges the new Obama video, failed as Massachusetts governor.
Top Obama advisor David Axelrod went to Romney's home turf, Boston, to drive the point home.
"Romney economics didn't work then and it won't work now," Axelrod told supporters.
Romney meanwhile, made his own partisan play in California, showing up at Solyndra, the solar energy firm that went bankrupt after investors got a half billion in stimulus funds.
"Free enterprise to the president means taking money from the taxpayers and giving it freely to his friends," Romney charged.
Romney also pointed out that when he left office in Massachusetts unemployment was 4.7%
The latest NBC News / Marist poll finds President Obama ahead with 48% in Florida, Virginia and Ohio, with Romney 4 to 6 points back in those battleground states.