Political legacy

Walking down the White House driveway, toward Pennsylvania Avenue’s bustling midday traffic, I was lost in thought, writing in my mind a newspaper article about what I was sure would be a devastatingly important — even historic — development.

The tsunami of sentiment occasioned by George H.W. Bush’s death last week, at age 94, is not only an expression of respect and affection for our 41st president, though those are real enough. It’s not only or even mostly a function of negative feelings about our current president, either, tho…

There are two kinds of politicians in Washington when it’s all said and done: the kind who do what they have to do to get re-elected, and the kind who do what they believe they should do because it’s the right thing.

WASHINGTON — President George H.W. Bush called on us to be a “kinder, gentler nation.” Sadly, we are far from that ideal. Our politics never has been that kind and gentle, to be sure, even in Bush’s day. Still, it has been unseemly to watch how some on both the right and the left have pounce…

The ones who knew him best use words such as decent, caring, patriotic. Former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at 94, was a good man.

"Bush Republican" is a badge worn proudly by many Republicans who came of age after the convulsions of Vietnam and Watergate subsided. If you were with President Gerald R. Ford in his epic struggle with Ronald Reagan in the 1976 Republican primaries, there was a good chance you signed on with George H.W. Bush in the run-up to the 1980 nomination. President Reagan the legend wasn't a legend in those days. "Dutch" and "HW" traded hammer blows as all the other would-be nominees fell away.

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There is a lot about President George H.W. Bush that we will miss. And the current occupant of the White House puts into vivid relief the things that we will miss the most. Our president today couldn't be more different from Bush. I hope the values that Bush brought to his distinguished career in public service won't be lost. The qualities that defined Bush are timeless, and I think they will again reemerge in American politics. As a leader and as a human being, Bush will be a role model for a long, long time. But in many ways, he was the last of an era.

George H.W. Bush loved the CIA. It was "part of my heartbeat," he once said. He was the only president who ever ran the agency, and the last president who truly believed in its Cold War code: Admit nothing, deny everything.

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In August 1988, amid a tough presidential election campaign, one candidate said in a speech, "Those who think we're powerless to do anything about the greenhouse effect are forgetting about the White House effect." Some might be surprised to learn that the speaker wasn't the Democratic candidate, it was then-Vice President George H.W. Bush.

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"A thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky." That's how President George H.W. Bush described the United States in his nomination acceptance speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention. At the time, the statement was mysterious to many in America. But to the disability community, it became a beacon of hope.

On June 11, 2004, President George H.W. Bush walked slowly down the center aisle of Washington National Cathedral to eulogize my father. Outside, gray mist fell. We had walked in somber procession into the cathedral, light rain mingling with tears, my father's flag-draped coffin carried by u…

Former President George H.W. Bush led a life of grace and diplomacy, from the battlefield to the oil fields, from Texas to New York to China to the White House. Forty-five years after the young fighter pilot was shot down in World War II, he would be the leader of the free world and play a s…

Legacy. President George H.W. Bush clearly had an aversion to the term. Perhaps he treated it similarly to his distaste for broccoli. He avoided the term as much as he did the vegetable.

George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at age 94, was arguably our last president who ran on the strength of his experience - as a Navy pilot, congressman, Republican National Committee chairman, ambassador to China, CIA director and vice president. The presidents who followed mastered the art of campaigning and dominated the media (first old and then new), but we should not have been surprised that, once elected, they lacked to one degree or another the requisite skills, insight, judgment and, not insignificantly, the Rolodex to master the art of governing. If we want great presidents again, we might consider selecting them for the sort of experience and temperament Bush displayed throughout his adult life rather than for their ability to turn a particular phrase, micro-target voters and make competitors seem foolish or weak.

The last words spoken by former president George H.W. Bush came barely an hour before he died, in a telephone conversation with his son, former President George W. Bush. The 43rd president had expressed his love for his father. "I love you, too," the 41st president replied.

George H.W. Bush, whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after one term, has died. He was 94.

George H.W. Bush, who died Friday, was a lifetime Episcopalian, part of the blue-blood of America's founding Christianity. But as a presidential candidate, he was part of a Republican opening to evangelicalism that changed the country's landscape.

President George H.W. Bush always considered Lou Gehrig, the Hall of Fame baseball player for the New York Yankees, to be one of his greatest heroes. No doubt, this admiration stemmed in part from Bush's own baseball career. Like Gehrig, Bush played as a left-handed first baseman, for the Yale baseball team.

Of all the priorities a president has to make, music falls pretty far down the list. Still, interesting connections exist between the White House and popular music, going back several decades.

The crowd filled with laughs, cheers, whoops and even an “oops” when former President George H.W. Bush uttered the infamous line, “Read my lips: no new taxes.”

Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's tanks rolled into neighboring Kuwait in August 1990, setting off a months-long standoff. President George H.W. Bush, who now has his library at Texas A&M, warned Hussein that the invasion "will not stand."

Texas A&M will host American giants and Arab royalty as President George H. W. Bush and key members of his cabinet gather Thursday -- for what is expected to be the last time -- and mark the 20-year anniversary of the Gulf War.

HOUSTON -- Former President George H.W. Bush said Tuesday he has no regrets about his administration's handling of the Gulf War, which began 20 years ago this week, including the decision to pull out American forces even with a vanquished Saddam Hussein retaining power in Iraq.

Former President George H.W. Bush wasn't known for his communication ability, but a former speechwriter for the 41st president said Tuesday at Texas A&M that the reputation wasn't entirely fair to a person who had an extraordinary personal touch.

Germans rejoiced on the 20-year anniversary of the Berlin Wall's collapse Monday, while College Station saluted the then-leader of the free world, President George H. W. Bush.

Former President George H.W. Bush doesn't like the "ugliness" President Barack Obama has faced since taking office, but he thinks it's no worse than his son experienced and is not about Obama being black.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Vice President Dick Cheney, accompanied by former President George H.W. Bush and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, paid respects Friday to new Saudi King Abdullah and offered condolences on the death of his half-brother, the former king.

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