#41: George H.W. Bush

August 24, 2013

President George Bush www.PresidentialFactsandTrivia.com

Facts:

Born June 12, 1924

Presidential Term: January 20, 1989 to January 20, 1993

President George Bush Trivia:

President George Bush is the 2nd U.S. President to have a son also become President. John Adams, the 2nd President, was the first.

George Bush was born in Massachusetts, but he always claimed Connecticut as his home state. Of course, he is now most closely associated with Texas …

Bush holds a unique distinction as a father. Two of his sons became governors … his son George was Texas governor (and later President), and his son Jeb was governor of Florida …

Future President Bush moved his wife and two year old son George W. (also a future president) to Odessa, Texas in 1948 when Bush went into the oil well business. They moved into an apartment building and for a time had to share a bathroom with a mother and daughter duo. Nothing too extraordinary about that, until it became known the mother-daughter duo were prostitutes. The Bush family quickly found new living arrangements …

Bush’s father helped ignite George Bush’s interest in politics. The elder Bush was a Senator from Connecticut …

George Bush’s first national political experience came when he was elected to the House of Representatives as a Texas congressman in 1966. Two years later, he vied for the Vice President’s spot on Richard Nixon’s ticket, but Nixon, while impressed with Bush, told him he didn’t have enough experience. The two maintained close political ties, and Nixon appointed Bush as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in 1970 …

Bush was appointed head of the CIA in 1976 by President Ford and was confirmed under the condition that Bush not be named Ford’s running mate in the upcoming presidential election (CIA Directors are supposed to be politically neutral). Bush complied by not attending the 1976 Republican National Convention, but he was released from his duties when President Carter assumed the presidency in early 1977 …

George Bush served one term as President, and was defeated by Bill Clinton in the 1992 election. Many years later, Bush’s son George, as President, asked his father and former President Clinton to work together on relief efforts for natural disasters across the world. By all accounts, the two former political adversaries and opponents have developed a deep respect for one another and a thriving friendship …

George Bush delivered one of the eulogies at the funeral of former President Ronald Reagan in 2004. The day after the funeral was Bush’s 80th birthday and he celebrated by going sky diving …

One of President Bush’s favorite leisure time activities was pitching horseshoes. He had a horseshoe pit installed on the White House lawn …

Unhealthy snacks = long life? Well, probably not, but one of former President Bush’s favorite snacks was known to be fried pork rinds with Tabasco sauce on the side for dipping. As of this writing, the former president is closing in on 90 years of age …

President George H.W. Bush Literary Resources

Click on title to learn more …

“Heartbeat: George Bush In His Own Words”

“George H.W. Bush” (Presidents series biography)

President George H.W. Bush Historic Site

President George H.W. Bush’s Presidential Library and Museum is located adjacent to the campus of Texas A+M University in College Station, Texas. The site opened in 1997 and holds a remarkable collection of items from President Bush’s long history in American politics. The museum collection contains over 100,000 items, including numerous gifts from foreign dignitaries and an actual section of the Berlin Wall. Much of the narration for the audio self guided tour was done by the former president himself …

Here’s the official introductory video for the George H.W. Bush Presidential Center:

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