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Old 12-02-2018, 10:18 PM   #21
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A read a book a year ago .It was written by staff in the white house and they all said Barbara & George Bush were their favorites .They wrote so many wonderful things about both of them.


I heard the same from secret service agents when we took a White House tour several years ago. DW asked them who their favorites were. And they remarked how personable George and Barbara were.
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He was quite simply a great man.

No hesitancy here.
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Always grateful for the service of our veterans, especially those of my parents WWII generation as we have now lost most of them, President Bush being a fine example.

And speaking of service, here is a link featuring President' Bush's service dog Sully.

https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2018/...idents-casket/

Sully will be returning to Walter Reed Medical Center for reassignment to another veteran. President Bush had him for only about half a year, in part to give publicity to organizations that train these dogs so as to increase donations to support their training. So if in this season of giving, anyone is inclined to do so, it would be a fitting tribute to all veterans.
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Age 94, married for 73 years, he had a good run.
+1. May we all do so well.
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This is a 'friend of a friend' story so I can't confirm the accuracy, but it goes like this: (but he swears it's true)

Years ago a friend of a friend's slightly blind, slightly deaf, very cranky 89 year old father lived in Kennebunkport. He was fishing off a pier when a man came up and asked how the fishing was. "Hors@#%t" was the old man's reply.
"Well, I'm going out in my boat; why don't you come out with me and we can find some better fishing".
So, off they went. The man offered him a sandwich and something to drink along the way.
After an hour or so the old man finally looked up and saw about 4 or 5 other boats very nearby. "Who are all these people?"
"Well, they're with me.....they have to come with me...because of my job"
"What the hell kind of job do you have, mister, to need all these people following you around?"
"Well, I'm the President of the United States" was the reply.
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41 was a class act... probably one of our most qualified presidents in terms of background and experience... a stellar public servant and an awkward politician. He will be missed.

+1.

Bush was good friends with Sonny Montgomery a MS congressman here. When he passed in the mid 90's he attended his funeral in my hometown. He was so upset with his passing, he couldn't speak at the funeral and Barbara said a few words for him. Pretty amazing a man with his background and experience could be so moved that he couldn't speak at the ceremony. He was truly a genuine person.
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I rarely watch 60 Minutes, but last nights interviews with GWB, Obama, and Clinton regarding GHWB was impressive, both with the additional background of GHWB and the way the former presidents all articulated themselves.


I hadn't realized GHWB's contributions after the Berlin Wall fell and the end of the Cold War. Instead of taking a victory lap and rubbing Russia's nose in it, he said "we still have a lot to do with them" and took the high road... the Cold War ended with a whimper instead of a bang.
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I did not know much about George H.W. Bush, until I read about his plane being shot down in Chichijima, then him being rescued by a submarine. Not all downed US airmen were so fortunate...
Yes I was unaware of his being shot down and rescued while the rest of his crew perished. So typical of the man's humility. RIP
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RIP, A great man. Always reminded me of my Dad!
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RIP Mr. President. https://amp.businessinsider.com/geor...-viral-2018-12
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I heard the same from secret service agents when we took a White House tour several years ago. DW asked them who their favorites were. And they remarked how personable George and Barbara were.
Some of the old heads at the "PAG" (Presidential Airlift Group) aka Air Force One were very impressed with how they carried themselves...very personable, polite, just good folks to be around.
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This might be of some interest to some of the younger members (like me that haven't been around to see a funeral train), but Bush will be transported by train on the final leg of the trip (Houston to College Station). The last President to have a funeral train was Dwight Eisenhower in 1969. The Union Pacific website press kit has a lot of interesting information about the locomotive, the rail cars, and other stuff that I found to be fascinating.

The picture posted is the locomotive that will lead the train. It's painted to resemble Air Force One and has been in storage in North Little Rock, Arkansas since 2012 for this occasion.

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Wow that's a fascinating tidbit.
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Bush was an iconic leader of his times and will not be forgotten.

A President, that conceived a President, 41 and 43. Crazy to think about. Political Dynasty more like it.
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This might be of some interest to some of the younger members (like me that haven't been around to see a funeral train), but Bush will be transported by train on the final leg of the trip (Houston to College Station). The last President to have a funeral train was Dwight Eisenhower in 1969. The Union Pacific website press kit has a lot of interesting information about the locomotive, the rail cars, and other stuff that I found to be fascinating.

The picture posted is the locomotive that will lead the train. It's painted to resemble Air Force One and has been in storage in North Little Rock, Arkansas since 2012 for this occasion.

https://www.up.com/media/media_kit/bush41/index.htm

Incredible.
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A President, that conceived a President, 41 and 43. Crazy to think about. Political Dynasty more like it.
There was also the Adams Family (John and John Quincy, not Gomez and Morticia).

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What is particularly unusual about 41 and 43 is that their terms were only separated by 8 years... given that HW was 22 when W was born.

The beginning of John Quincy Adam's presidency was 28 years after his father was president.
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There was also the Adams Family (John and John Quincy, not Gomez and Morticia).

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We used to live fairly close to where Bush lived in the Houston area. Specifically, we belonged to the same church and went to the same grocery store.

One time there was a Bring a Friend event at the church and everyone was encouraged to bring a friend to a service. I didn't do it, but I recognized one day I surely wasn't going to beat any competition (not that there was one) for best friend brought to church. There was a photo. George Bush (who was president at the time) had brought Margaret Thatcher....

One day DH went to the grocery store. He left his check book in the car and was going to go out and get it. Someone with Secret Service stopped him at the door and told him that if he left he couldn't come back in. Why? President George Bush was currently in the store doing grocery shopping. DH decided to use his credit card to pay and stayed in the church.

Basically George and Barbara were there doing shopping (the store was about 5 minutes from their home). George was pushing the cart. And, yes, he did actually know how the grocery scanner worked....
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