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George H. W. Bush, Gone at 94

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  1. carolinachurchwarden

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    Rest in peace, Mr. President. Might not have been the best president in history, but you can't say the man didn't have a great spirit.

    "If you can't send money, send tobacco." - George Washington

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    94 is a pretty good run. RIP

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    A hell of a life, even before the presidency.

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    May he rest in peace.

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    “When the word moderation becomes a dirty word, we have some soul searching to do.” ~GHWB

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    A great run indeed! Rest in peace.

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
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    He was an interesting cat. His speeches when he ran for the nom in '80 were a lot different than his run in '88. Overall, he was a good president and I never have any personal issues with his kids, though I sometimes disagreed with them. RIP Mr. President.

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    "Read my lips... No New Taxes!"
    Now I was just a young man (early teen) when he was in office, so I can't really speak to his time in office as I didn't pay much attention to the news back then. However, I did appreciate Dana Carvey's portrayal of him on SNL. He did a great job with his impersonation. Gotta give the man credit for leading a full and active life. May he rest in peace.

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    Some George H.W. Bush quotes:

    "I'm conservative, but I'm not a nut about it."

    "The day will come - and it is not far off - when the legacy of Lincoln will finally be fulfilled at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, when a black man or woman will sit in the Oval Office. When that day comes, the most remarkable thing about it will be how naturally it occurs."

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    Speaking as a Brit, I always liked the man. There was a basic decency about him I think - sadly not always a common trait among our political masters. Condolences to his family at this time of both loss and pride.

    Mike

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    WW2 veteran, Congressman, Ambassador to the U.N., Director of the CIA, Vice-President, 41st POTUS and he held a steady hand at the wheel during the fall of the Soviet Union. Not a band run sir, not bad at all. Rest In Peace.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    I'm too young to remember him as President, but can certainly agree 94 is a great run. I just read that he celebrated his 75, 80, 85, and 90th birthdays by skydiving.

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    We've had better, we've had worse. I always liked him. Seemed like a decent family man...married 73 years to Barbara. Rest in Peace.

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    An interesting business family, going back to Prescott Bush.

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    Rest in peace

    Ubi Ignis Est?
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    Yep, He was the last of the Old Gaurd. He was more of the progressive slant, but he wasn’t wacky about it. If he hadn’t followed through on his Bosses Policies, the world may look a little different. When I met this fellow, one word came to mind “Vitality”

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    had some problems with his admins attack in fed employee 1st amendment rights, like off-hour ministers, writers, speakers on subjects unrelated to their job, but rip to ghw..

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    My Condolences to his family, May He Rest in Peace.Thank You for Your Service.

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    He was a very good man doing some very dirty jobs. R.I.P G.H.W.B.

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    Yes, and I hope no more opinions on politics are posted, even subtle ones.

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    On a non-political note, 41 was also captain of a College World Series champion baseball team. Here's a picture of a young Naval aviator-turned jock with another guy who was pretty good at baseball:

    V/R,

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    "No new taxes."

    But the Yale photo with The Babe... that's a life for anybody!

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    A lot of money in dead presidents.

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    I didn't agree with his policies all the time, but I do think he made political decisions he felt were in the best interest of the American people. Rest in peace President Bush Sr.

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    But the Yale photo with The Babe... that's a life for anybody!

    Richard Press (heir to the proprietors of classic New Haven clothing store J. Press) once said he was at that game, and actually got his program signed by both The Babe and GHWB, though it's been lost in the years since. But wow what a memento!

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    Please keep your views expressed here free of your own effing opinions.

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    Rest in peace.

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    There was a basic decency about him
    Yep, good person in my book. God Bless...

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    I've been reading this thread form the beginning, and have thought about posting my my experiences with GW to it. Like most newspaper photographers at the time, I had numerous opportunities to photograph George Bush over the years: On the campaign trail as a veep candidate, then as veep, then campaigning for the oval office, etc etc. He always impressed me as a genuine individual with a great sense of humor and a strong moral compass. But my experiences meeting him were nothing when compared to another former newspaper photographer that I know:

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    God, what a Great Photograph! GHWB never looked better.

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    I liked & respected him -- good man.

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    Bush 41's speedboat was no toy. I heard an interview with someone who'd been aboard, and it was a hair-raiser. I think G.H.W. reported hitting 63 mph in a light chop, which on the water is light speed. That's the famous cigarette boat often pictured, mostly from afar. Details on the power plant would be interesting. Someone who sky dives in his seventies and eighties has a taste for adrenaline and a lot of luck. Of course, he postponed Yale to be a combat pilot in the Pacific during WWII. Under all that New England refinement was a pretty fierce customer. His father's first name was a last name back in the 19th Century in my family, so could be a very distant relation.

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    ...looked a little more ... cigarette boats have twin V-8's with a total of 1000 hp, and the drug runners get them up to 90 mph, but 63 is way fast, no mistakes allowed.

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    I too have a small, personal, vignette. I did, or directed, the local security efforts for many dignitaries in my career. The location of Anchorage dictated many stopovers for the world leaders, Popes, presidents, PM's, etc. President Bush was the only one to summon me to his hotel suite and personally thank me for the efforts of my officers. A photo, not machined signed, with a small sentiment arrived on my desk two days later.

    His handshake was firm, his eyes kind and his thanks sincere. To me his entire life was a shining example of what being an American is all about, hard work, selfless public service and, for me most importantly, without malice. I'll never measure up to that but, I try.

    Again, rest in honorable peace Mr. President.

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    Thank you, Warren. Wonderful anecdote.

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    warren, an impressive testimonial. Many leadership figures completely look past the citizenry that serves them. It's a big plus when they show genuine gratitude. I think his wife Barbara had spine to spare, and I believe she kept him in touch with the best in himself. Big points for their long life together.

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    Very cool Warren. I sometimes meet people with different views on politics and nevertheless I find them to be good people who I trust and like to spend time with. Conversely I sometimes meet people who have similar political/world views who I don't like or trust. A lot can be garnered from a handshake and a look in the eyes. I've never met someone in a position of such immense power as G.H.W. Bush but I imagine it would be the same. His was a life of public service and for that I'm grateful.

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    I love the service dog GHW had at the end, a Golden Lab with a gentle understanding face, that made the trip to Washington D.C. for the services. Now he will be reassigned to Walter Reed Hospital to assist veterans there. Peoples' best friend indeed. And what a boost for the patients at Walter Reed to be attended by the service dog of a President.

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    About the service dog, I believe GHW named the dog, and his name is Sully, after the pilot who landed the passenger jet on the river in New York, saving all aboard. This would have been a tribute from one brave pilot to another.

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    I was in the 3rd US Infantry, The Old Guard, and had the honor of working security for his inauguration. It was a great honor to serve him! I was presidential escort throughout his presidency. Many great memories of this great man! RIP, Mr. President! Salute!

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    @Warren
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    Great stories...thanks for sharing.

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    GHW and Barbara with their longstanding marriage provide a sterling example of how that is done, that it can be done at all, and why it is a good thing. Jimmy and Rosalind as well, and as time goes on, Barack and Michelle. Every marriage can't be a success, and bad ones can be a torture, but a solid marriage that remains intact can be a tremendous foundation for kids, but especially for the principals. George and Barbara side-by-side at the presidential library provide a monument to this not immutable but still exemplary truth. P.S. GHW's speedboat had three, not two, V-8 engines.

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    ... and GW and Laura ... all those national-figure couples who managed to keep it together for the long haul, and all of us non-national-figure couples for sure.

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    I'm happy that the President found a way to take one last train ride. I'm guessing that the idea of having his remains booted out the rear of a C-130, in the care of the Golden Knights, crossed his mind though.

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    Wood, Warren, good memory stories, Thanks, tears in my eyes watching train and people lined on highways, and in overpasses to see his last run, brought me back to guarding President Kennedy in the Rotunda, Good Human being George was, served his Country, loved his wife, and did his best for the Country.

    The Old Cajun
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