When asked what the men discussed and why it wasn't on the schedule, the White House released a statement saying, “The three men enjoyed a personal visit in the Oval Office – as they have done on previous occasions when President Bush is Washington.”The strangeness isn't the fact a president would want to sit down with an ex-president and his ex-governor son, or that the press wasn't told about it (nor have they apparently been told about all such previous visits). The strangeness is that for some reason they have chosen now to release this information.
President Bush 41 has always been a great fan of maintaining the presidential fraternity in an effort to bring national unity, but it's a bit hard to imagine why they would want this released a few days ahead of the Florida primary. How does this help Romney? Unless the Bushes were ambushed.
Since it's unlikely the photo release was an ambush the question becomes why. Why would Bush 41 and Jeb want a nice friendly Oval Office shot with the enemy released days before an important primary? It's most likely a message to the field, but not exactly sure what the message is, considering (as Politico said) that Obama just blamed Dubya for the food stamp increase and economic collapse.