Remembering George H.W. Bush

December 01, 2018 | Rick Hall

Heard On-Air

George Herbert Walker Bush was born June 12th 1924.  The son of U.S. Senator Prescott Bush.  He attended an elite prep school and joined the Navy and fought as the youngest pilot in World War II, where he flew 58 successful combat missions, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross for valor.

"America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world." -George H.W. Bush

After the war he went to Yale, majoring in economics and then moved he and his wife Barbra and young son and future President George Walker to midland Texas where he became a successful oilman.   Starting the  Bush-Overbey Oil Development company in 1951 and the Zapata Petroleum Corporation in 1953.  He held positions at the companies until 1964 when he decided to throw his hat into the politics.

As a politician he served as the Chairman of the Republican Party in 1964, where he was at the forefront of a massive change of direction for the GOP. He was elected to congress in 1966 and served until1970. He then served as the US Ambassador to the United Nations in 1971.

"You cannot be President of the United States if you don't have faith. Remember Lincoln, going to his knees in times of trial in the Civil War and all that stuff."  -George H.W. Bush

Bush continued in politics as the head of the RNC under President Nixon, Envoy to China under President Ford, and Director of the CIA in 1976. Too many Bush was seen as a force of calm during the turbulent 70’s the fallout from Watergate, CIA Scandals, and repairing US-China relations. His influence made him a perfect match as President Ronald Regan’s running mate in the 1980 presidential elections.

Bush served as vice president for four years and was elected President of the United States in 1989.  Where he saw the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Soviet Union and presided over the Gulf War.

"A new breeze is blowing, and a world refreshed by freedom seems reborn; for in man's heart, if not in fact, the day of the dictator is over. The totalitarian era is passing, its old ideas blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree." -George H.W. Bush

After his Presidency ended, he didn’t slow down, he continued to support various Republican’s for office, including his son Jeb whom became the Governor of Florida, and his oldest son George W. who served 8 successful years as President between 2001-2009.

"Think about every problem, every challenge, we face. The solution to each starts with education." -George H.W. Bush

President Bush also created the Point of Light Foundation in 1989 to encourage volunteerism throughout America.  This foundation has bestowed over 5,000 awards to American’s in all 50 states who are making a difference in their communities.  He described the point of his foundation like this – “We are a nation of communities... a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.”  Points of light has also united every living President, regardless of Party, all the living former Presidents from President Carter to President Obama have participated in various events throughout the years.

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