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George H.W. Bush
Author: TriSec    Date: 12/01/2018 11:01:32

Good Morning.

So....President Bush is dead.


I think it speaks volumes that my first words to Mrs. TriSec upon learning the news this morning were, "So what is the Idiot going to do today?"

I'll admit that back in the day there was no love lost between Mr. Bush and myself. 1988 was just my second presidential election, and if you recall the other gentleman was a well-known governor from Massachusetts.

While the outcome was not what I wanted, it was much easier in those days to be disappointed and move on, at least counting that the Office of the President would be handled with competence and professionalism, whether or not I agreed with the policy.

Over the ensuing decades, my opinion of the elder Bush has softened. I, among many, now consider him to be the last Republican "Gentleman" to hold the office.

It's going to be an interesting few days. If you recall earlier this year, Mr. Trump did not attend the former First Lady's funeral "out of respect for the family", but rumours were rife that he had been ordered to stay away. Even Snopes has that listed as "unproven", so perhaps we'll never know.


In late April 2018, an unsourced Facebook post reporting that U.S. President Donald Trump had been “ordered” not to attend former First Lady Barbara Bush’s funeral on 21 April 2018 in Houston, Texas, was circulated on social media, prompting readers to ask if it was true.

Barbara Bush, who was the mother of former president George W. Bush and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, as well as the wife of former President George H.W. Bush, passed away on 17 April 2018 at the age of 92. After a bitter 2016 presidential campaign in which candidate Donald Trump heavily criticized two of Barbara Bush’s sons (as well as beating out Jeb Bush for the Republican nomination), the Bush family matriarch made it no secret that she was not a fan of Donald Trump.

We uncovered no other reports that anyone from the Bush family “ordered” the sitting president not to attend Barbara Bush’s memorial service. Instead, the White House released a statement to reporters saying Trump would not attend out of respect to avoid creating a disruption “due to added security.” First Lady Melania Trump, however, will be in attendance, as will former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and former first ladies Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama (along with, of course, Barbara Bush’s husband and sons).


So President Bush goes on to his reward, whatever it may be. He was our last president with active service in WWII...and he wound up overlooking the fall of the Berlin Wall.

There is something to be said for that.





 

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Comment by livingonli on 12/01/2018 19:48:38
There are some of us who haven't forgotten the Iran-Contra scandal.