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Old 12-03-2018, 02:00 PM   #41
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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.
100% agree. Nicely said.
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Old 12-03-2018, 02:06 PM   #42
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took the high road.
"Taking the high road" seems to have been his normal mode of operation.

I've really enjoyed the documentaries about him tht aired the past couple of days. I thought I was paying attention during his presidential years but there seems to have been much going on with and about him that went over my head at the time.
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This is really nice tribute by a former Secret Service agent on "George H.W. Bush, whose protective call sign was "Timberwolf," was arguably the agency's most beloved protectee."

https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/03/opini...row/index.html

A picture of the shaved head incident.

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Old 12-03-2018, 02:42 PM   #44
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He was a good, decent man. He was a good politician and an outstanding civil servant.

And although not a great president, I never once worried that he wasn't always doing what he felt was best for the country.

We often drive guests to see his family compound in Kennebunkport. And we always think nice thoughts about him.

The flags in our area are all at half-mast now. RIP.
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Old 12-03-2018, 03:12 PM   #45
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Being a Texas resident (Houston area) and an avid sports fan, we would often see George and Barbara (on TV) sitting directly behind homeplate at the local Astros ballgames. Apparently he loved the hotdogs at the games too..... I once saw him in person at a Rockets basketball game presenting some awards to local servicemen.

He certainly got around. Here's an article and picture of George and Babe Ruth way back in the day.

https://www.mlb.com/cut4/george-hw-b...48/c-301340278
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:45 PM   #46
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We used to live fairly close to where Bush lived in the Houston area. ,,,,

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....
I recall that story at the time. Not too long ago, I saw this from snopes:

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/bu...demonstration/

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During a photo opportunity at a 1992 grocers' convention, President George Bush was "amazed" at encountering supermarket scanners for the first time.

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... One of the exhibits Bush visited was a demonstration of NCR’s checkout scanning technology, an event New York Times reporter Andrew Rosenthal turned into a chiding front page story about Bush’s lack of familiarity with the details of ordinary life in America:....

Then the details of the story started to dribble out. Andrew Rosenthal of The New York Times hadn’t even been present at the grocers’ convention. ...

And Bob Graham of NCR, who demonstrated the scanner technology for President Bush, said, “It’s foolish to think the president doesn’t know anything about grocery stores. He knew exactly what I was talking about.” ...
I guess "Fake News" isn't new?

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My sister and a friend ate breakfast with the Bush's at the Marriott Camelback Resort one morning. She said he was most gracious and just the nicest man. She said Mrs. Bush was absolutely hilarious.

And he was completely familiar with the politicians in our southern state and what was going on in an election year there.
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I suspect many have already seen this but it's worth posting for those who may have missed it.

Bush's service dog (Sully) last visit.

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thanks for posting the actual video. i had posted a link a few days ago, but it was ignored as far as i could tell.
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To me the Bush's are like the next door neighbor type people. I don't know them but seem like I have and just seem like old friends. Seems odd but it is how simple and common they appear to me.
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thanks for posting the actual video. i had posted a link a few days ago, but it was ignored as far as i could tell.
I did see several related pictures in this thread but I thought I'd just post the entire video of his Capitol Rotunda visit.
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Loved the video. Picture of Sully by the casket earlier in this thread is priceless.

If anyone saw Bob Dole struggle to his feet from his wheelchair(with assistance) to salute, you witnessed something special.
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To me it seems the traumas he endured when young (war battles, being shot down and losing crew members, and the loss of a child) contributed to give him a perspective to not take things for granted, and to treat everyone, even those he differed with, with respect.
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To me it seems the traumas he endured when young (war battles, being shot down and losing crew members, and the loss of a child) contributed to give him a perspective to not take things for granted, and to treat everyone, even those he differed with, with respect.
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A moving nonpartisan eulogy by his eldest son:
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All the eulogies were wonderful tributes.
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All the eulogies were wonderful tributes.
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I watched the coverage most of the day. Amazing how well the funeral and all associated activities "seemed" to be so well planned/choreographed. Given his age and health, I'm sure a lot of today's activities had been planned for weeks or even months in advance.
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I saw President George H W Bush in 1992 when he was campaigning in Jonesboro, Ga. I was about 20 feet in front of him. I don't remember what he said, but we stood there for about 3 hours before he showed up. He was running late. I didn't know much about him then except as President.

He was a "good man" and what more could someone want to be remembered by everyone but that. Simple and honest.

My prayers go out to the Bush family.
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