OPINION 12/04/2018 06:52 pm ET Peter BirkenheadGuest Writer The memorial events for George H.W. Bush and the coverage of his passing have been, as expected, a series of tributes to the late former president’s dinner-jacketed decorum. Odes to the button-downed bonhomie with which he blithely started wars, stoked racism, lied to the American people, defied federal prosecutors and pardoned criminals to cover up his complicity in their crimes. Poetic waxing to the noblesse oblige with which he laid the foundations for the carceral state, allowed a generation of young gay men to die in needless agony and single-mindedly pursued the interests of a ruling class bent on removing all restraints on its own depravity. Washington is the kind of town where they disapprove of eating dead babies with a salad fork. That’s why D.C. media types have devoted hours of coverage to thank-you notes, service dogs and broccoli ― and deemed any attention paid to … [Read more...] about Bush Wasn’t A Better President Than Trump; He Just Had Better Manners
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George H.W. Bush transplanted his Yankee family to Texas in 1948. Politically, his adopted state was about to start changing. Then he led the change. The former president, who died late Friday at 94, is remembered in that role not for a political program or manifesto, a walkout or a speech.Rather, associates and admirers recalled over the weekend, Bush applied a zeal for organization, a knack for names and a humble, boyish, indefatigable charm to building up the Republican Party of Texas.In his lifetime, it went from punching bag to juggernaut, producing two Republican presidents, including himself, an astonishing record of electoral success and an indelible mark on almost every facet of life in a state that some 28 million people now call home.“Without a charismatic leader like George Bush,” there’s no question the state’s transition to GOP dominance would have gone at a “slower pace,” said Kay Bailey Hutchison, the former U.S. senator who now … [Read more...] about ‘Unstoppable’ optimist George Bush aided Texas GOP’s rise. But is it still his party?
December 2, 2018 By O. Kay Henderson An Iowan who spent hours driving George Herbert Walker Bush through the state during Bush’s first presidential campaign is remembering the 41st president as a kind, decent man who guided the world at a critical time. “Like many Iowans, I got to know George Bush in 1978 and 1979 and 1980 as he and his family met with Iowans in their living rooms and in cafes and in meeting rooms and, as the months passed, in larger rooms,” Ralph Brown of Dallas Center told Radio Iowa. Brown was among a small crew of Iowans who helped steer Bush’s campaign to victory in the 1980 Iowa Caucuses. “Like all the other Iowans who got to know him, I was impressed by his depth of knowledge, his experience, his warmth, his friendliness, his ability to relate to people, his decency, his ability to talk to people and, more importantly, listen to people,” Brown said. Bush, who became Ronald Reagan’s running mate in 1980, was … [Read more...] about Iowans remember President George H.W. Bush
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Kennedys had their New England coastal hideaway in Hyannis Port, a Camelot-like mystique and a political godfather in Joseph P. Kennedy. For the country's other political dynasty - the Bushes - it was a summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, and the West Texas oil patch that created a mix of Yale blue-blood and backcountry cowboy, and their own patriarch in George H.W. Bush. Bush, who died late Friday at age 94 , was a World War II hero, a Texas congressman, the director of the CIA, vice president and eventually president. His son, George W., served as Texas governor and two terms in the White House.Though another son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, turned monster fundraising into an embarrassingly short-lived 2016 presidential run - his campaign eviscerated by Donald Trump - the family's future political prowess remains intact, including with Jeb's 42-year-old son, George P. Bush, who is seen as a rising GOP star by Republican powerbrokers nationwide. He … [Read more...] about Bush was political patriarch to enduring American dynasty
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