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George H.W. Bush Fast Facts



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Birth date:
June 12, 1924
Birth place: Milton, Massachusetts
Birth name: George Herbert Walker Bush
Father: Prescott Bush, investment banker and senator
Mother: Dorothy (Walker) Bush
Marriage: Barbara (Pierce) Bush[1] (January 6, 1945-April 17, 2018, her death)
Children: Dorothy; Marvin; Neil; John (Jeb); Pauline (Robin), died from leukemia; George[2][3]
Education: Yale University, B.A., 1948
Military service: US Navy, 1942-1945, Lieutenant Junior Grade
Religion: Episcopalian
Other Facts:
Bush was the first sitting vice president to be elected president since Martin van Buren in 1836.
He is the second US president, after John Adams, to be the father of a US president.
Flew 58 combat missions for the Navy during World War II[4] and was awarded three Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Has a form of Parkinson’s disease.
His nickname since childhood has been Poppy, and that’s how he was known at Yale, especially as a baseball player.
June 1943
After earning his commission and wings, becomes the youngest pilot in the Navy at the time.
Late 1940s – Captain of the Yale University baseball team and plays in the first two College World Series in 1947 and 1948.
1951 Establishes the Bush-Overbey Oil Development Company with John Overbey.
1953 Forms Zapata Petroleum with William and Hugh Liedtke.
1964 – Runs unsuccessfully for the US Senate.
1967-1971 US Representative from Texas’ 7th District.
1971-1972 – Ambassador to the United Nations.[5]
1973-1974 Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
1974-1975 Serves as chief of the United States Liaison Office in China.
January 1976-January 1977 – Director of the CIA.[6]
1980 Runs for president, but loses his party’s nomination to Ronald Reagan.[7]
January 20, 1981 – Is sworn in as vice president of the United States.
July 13, 1985 Acting president for nearly eight hours while President Reagan undergoes surgery.
November 8, 1988 – Is elected 41st president of the United States,[8] with 53.1% of the popular vote and 426 electoral votes.
January 20, 1989 Bush is sworn in as the 41st president of the United States.
December 1989 Sends American troops to Panama (Operation Just Cause).
August 2, 1990 Iraq invades Kuwait.[9]
August 7, 1990 Operation Desert Shield begins.
January 16, 1991 – Operation Desert Storm begins.
February 27, 1991 Declares victory in Iraq.[10]
November 3, 1992 Loses the presidential election to Bill Clinton.[11]
December 24, 1992 Pardons six government officials who had been implicated in the Iran-Contra affair.
January 3, 1993 Signs the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-II) with Russia.[12]
June 9, 1999 – Celebrates his 75th birthday by skydiving. He celebrates his 80th, 85th and 90th birthdays the same way.
February 19-21, 2005 Tours areas in southeast Asia damaged by a tsunami[13], with Clinton.
September 1, 2005 After Hurricane Katrina[14], former Presidents Bush and Clinton form the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund.
January 10, 2009 The USS George H.W. Bush[15] aircraft carrier is commissioned.
February 15, 2011 – Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
November 17-19, 2012 – Hospitalized due to bronchitis.
November 23, 2012 Is re-admitted to the hospital following treatment for bronchitis.
January 14, 2013 – Is released from the hospital after almost two months of treatment for bronchitis.
July 2013 – Shaves his head[16] in solidarity with a leukemia victim, the son of a member of his Secret Service[17] detail.
2013 – Attends the same-sex wedding[18] of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen in Kennebunkport, Maine, and signs their marriage license as a witness.
November 2013 – The National College Baseball Foundation[19] announces its Hall of Fame museum will be named after the 41st president.
May 2014 – Receives the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Profiles in Courage Award.[20]
June 12, 2014 – Celebrates his 90th birthday[21] with a parachute jump as he did for his 75th, 80th and 85th birthdays.
November 11, 2014 – The biography “41: A Portrait of My Father,” written by George W. Bush, is released during a special ceremony and discussion session[22] at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station.
December 23-December 30, 2014 – Hospitalized for what aides describe as a precautionary measure[23] after he experiences shortness of breath.
July 15, 2015 – Falls at his home in Kennebunkport, Maine, breaking his C2 vertebrae in his neck. His spokesman, Jim McGrath, tells CNN the injury is not life threatening.[24]
January 14, 2017 – Is hospitalized due to “an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia.”[25] Barbara Bush is admitted to the hospital four days later after “experiencing fatigue and coughing.”
January 30, 2017 – Is released from the hospital[26].
February 5, 2017 – Performs the coin toss at Super Bowl 51 in Houston.[27]
April 19, 2017 – In a statement, McGrath says that Bush was recently readmitted to the hospital for pneumonia.[28] According to McGrath, Bush is going to remain at the hospital for at least one more night but he is in good spirits and is on the mend.
October 24, 2017 – In a now-deleted Instagram post published on her verified account, actress Heather Lind alleges that Bush touched her inappropriately while he was sitting in his wheelchair during a photo op that took place a few years ago.[29] Bush’s spokesman McGrath later issues a statement: “At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures,” McGrath says. “To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke — and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner. Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate. To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.”
October-November 2017 – At least six other women[30] allege they were also touched inappropriately during photo ops with the former president.
April 22, 2018 – Is admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital after contracting an infection that spread to his blood, family spokesman McGrath says, a day after a funeral was held for his wife, Barbara. The former president is released from the hospital on May 4.[31][32]
May 27, 2018 – Is taken to a hospital in Maine after experiencing low blood pressure and fatigue.[33] According to spokesman McGrath, Bush will likely remain at a Southern Maine Health Care facility “for a few days for observation.”


  1. ^ Barbara (Pierce) Bush (
  2. ^ John (Jeb) (
  3. ^ George (
  4. ^ World War II (
  5. ^ United Nations. (
  6. ^ Director of the CIA. (
  7. ^ Ronald Reagan. (
  8. ^ elected 41st president of the United States, (
  9. ^ Iraq invades Kuwait. (
  10. ^ Iraq. (
  11. ^ Bill Clinton. (
  12. ^ Russia. (
  13. ^ southeast Asia damaged by a tsunami (
  14. ^ Hurricane Katrina (
  15. ^ USS George H.W. Bush (
  16. ^ Shaves his head (
  17. ^ Secret Service (
  18. ^ same-sex wedding (
  19. ^ The National College Baseball Foundation (
  20. ^ Profiles in Courage Award. (
  21. ^ Celebrates his 90th birthday (
  22. ^ written by George W. Bush, is released during a special ceremony and discussion session (
  23. ^ Hospitalized for what aides describe as a precautionary measure (
  24. ^ His spokesman, Jim McGrath, tells CNN the injury is not life threatening. (
  25. ^ Is hospitalized due to “an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia.” (
  26. ^ released from the hospital (
  27. ^ coin toss at Super Bowl 51 in Houston. (
  28. ^ In a statement, McGrath says that Bush was recently readmitted to the hospital for pneumonia. (
  29. ^ In a now-deleted Instagram post published on her verified account, actress Heather Lind alleges that Bush touched her inappropriately while he was sitting in his wheelchair during a photo op that took place a few years ago. (
  30. ^ six other women (
  31. ^ Is admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital after contracting an infection (
  32. ^ The former president is released from the hospital on May 4. (
  33. ^ hospital in Maine after experiencing low blood pressure and fatigue. (

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Houston Recalls Legacy of George Bush, Its Lone Star Yankee and Senior Booster



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HOUSTON — Inside the airport that bears his name, George Herbert Walker Bush looks, at a distance, as if he’s wearing a cape.

An 8-foot-tall bronze statue at the Houston airport shows Mr. Bush, who , Barbara Bush[4], who died in April at the age of 92. After Mr. Bush’s death on Friday, Houston lost its two most famous residents in the span of seven months.

“George H.W. Bush served with valor and integrity as the 41st president of the United States,” Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, said in a statement. “But to Houstonians he was one of our most esteemed and relatable neighbors. He and his wife, Barbara Bush, were our sports teams’ biggest fans, and boosters for everything Houston.”

This was the man whose most memorable quote in years had to do with men’s hosiery. In 2012, as his fondness for wearing bright eye-catching socks was going strong, he explained that he simply “likes a good sock.” At his wife’s funeral at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Mr. Bush wore a pair of socks with a colorful stack-of-books design, a tribute to Mrs. Bush’s advocacy work for family literacy.

In Houston and its surrounding suburbs, Mr. Bush had not only an airport in his name but a park, a high school and a few more life-size statues. Above Buffalo Bayou, a bronze statue of Mr. Bush looks out into the distance with his hand in his pocket, gazing at, of all things, James A. Baker III, the former secretary of state and Mr. Bush’s tennis partner at the Houston Country Club. The statues of the two close friends face each other in the downtown park, separated by about 100 yards, in Houston’s oddest and longest-running staring contest.

“All I can do now,” Mr. Bush told The New York Times in 2011 about the statue, “is hope that the pigeons will be kind and gentle.”

Charles C. Foster, a Houston immigration lawyer and a longtime friend of the Bush family, came up with the idea for the George H.W. Bush Monument, which was unveiled in 2004. Mr. Foster recalled the day he sat in Mr. Bush’s office at 10000 Memorial Drive and asked for his blessing for the project.

Mr. Bush in 1970, when he was a congressman.CreditAssociated Press

“He looked at me and he sort of looked up at the ceiling,” Mr. Foster said. “He pointed to the ceiling and said, ‘Shouldn’t you wait until I’m up there?’ And then he said, pointing downward, ‘Or perhaps down there?’”

In 1990, Mr. Bush helped turn the eyes of the world to Houston.

As president, he brought thousands of reporters and foreign dignitaries to Houston that summer for the Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations, an annual gathering of the world’s economic powers. The summits had been held in a number of global cities — London, Tokyo, Paris, Venice — and Mr. Bush made the case that his adopted hometown belonged among such world-class company.

Houston was scrappier back then. The city was rebounding from an oil bust in the 1980s that crippled the economy, and it tried hard to present its best, and cleanest, face to the cameras and the visitors, picking up millions of pounds of trash, repaving roads and enlisting the aid of 12,000 volunteers.

“That was huge for Houston,” Mr. Foster said of the 1990 summit. “When the president had a chance, he could have picked some mountain retreat. But he picked his hometown. He was well aware of the chip on our shoulders that we didn’t feel like Houston got the recognition that it should.”

Now, with 2.3 million residents (compared with 1.6 million in 1990), Houston is the fourth-largest city in America, known as much for its diversity as its energy-capital status. George Bush High School, part of the Fort Bend school district, is 43 percent Hispanic, 38 percent black, 12 percent Asian and 4 percent white. More than 90 languages and dialects are spoken in the district.

Early Saturday morning in the upscale Tanglewood area, Houstonians paused at the gates at South Post Oak Lane and North West Oak Drive — the entrance to the gated community where Mr. Bush lived. Someone draped an American flag in the center of the gates, decorated for the holidays with Christmas wreaths.

Shirley Matthews, 66, a lifelong Houstonian who lives nearby, walked up and took a picture of the memorial for her mother. “He was just a good person,” she said. “He wasn’t perfect. But it’s family, and we love each other.”


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A Close Race, a Mysterious Ballot and Control of Alaska’s House at Stake



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With a crucial legislative seat in Alaska teetering toward a tie earlier this month, lawmakers in Juneau braced for the possibility of a coin toss deciding control of the state’s House of Representatives. Then a mysterious extra ballot emerged that threw the process into further disarray.

Amid several counts, the latest coming on Friday afternoon, a single ballot drew scrutiny across the state.

The state’s review board certified the race, between Kathryn Dodge, a Democrat, and Bart LeBon, a Republican, as a tie earlier this week, with exactly 2,661 votes going to each candidate. The extra ballot, for Ms. Dodge, could have settled the race for the Fairbanks-area district seat.

Later on Friday, the mystery appeared to have been solved — but the standoff over who won the election continued.

Samantha Miller, a spokeswoman for the state elections office, said that workers at Fairbanks’s No. 6 precinct told officials that a woman had come into the polling place to request a special needs ballot on behalf of her husband, who was outside in a vehicle.

The woman came back into the precinct. Her husband had made a mistake, she told the precinct worker, and needed a new ballot. She left behind the one he had already marked, thus making it a spoiled ballot.

The precinct chair told the worker who took the spoiled ballot to put it into a secrecy sleeve, “and that they would deal with it later in the day,” Ms. Miller said.

But instead, the spoiled ballot was put into a compartment with other questioned ballots.

Typically, Ms. Miller said, spoiled ballots are destroyed once they are accounted for. So, because the mystery ballot was found to be spoiled, it will not be counted, she said.

Still, that left the question of what happens if the recount that began on Friday afternoon ends in a tie — again.

Ms. Miller said that both candidates had five days to file a legal challenge to the results. And if the court decided the recount went as it should have, and the race was still a tie?

The prevailing candidate would be determined “by lot,” Ms. Miller said. “It could be a coin toss or some other way of deciding, as long as it’s random.”

It would not be the first time an Alaska race was determined by coin toss.

In 2006, State Representative Bryce Edgmon[1], a Democrat from Dillingham, beat the incumbent, Carl Moses. Mr. Moses’s name was drawn, so he got to make the call: Heads.

The state’s elections director at the time flipped an Alaska Mint medallion — the side with a walrus being heads and the side with the state seal being tails. It landed state seal side up.

Ms. Miller would not speculate about when the recount would be complete, but said both candidates were present, along with observers and officials.

Mr. LeBon did not respond to requests for comment on Friday.

Sara Harriger, a spokeswoman for Ms. Dodge, said in a statement that during Friday’s recount, one additional vote was found for Ms. Dodge and a challenged ballot was allowed for her opponent, Mr. LeBon, which meant that the tally stood at 2,662 apiece. Still tied.

Ms. Dodge said in a statement that she believed every legally cast ballot should be counted. “I just want everyone watching this process to take away a sense of confidence in our democratic system and a commitment to cast their votes in future races,” she said, “and knowing that their votes will matter.”

Ms. Dodge had said earlier on Friday that legal action “unfortunately” seemed probable.

“It’s certainly not what any of us expect when we set out to campaign, to find ourselves in a squeaker of this nature,” she said. “I hope we don’t have a coin toss. I don’t know quite what to say, but it doesn’t feel like it’s an appropriate way to settle an election.”

In Alaska, the repercussions of this race will be felt into the next legislative session, though party control of the House in Juneau will be far from clear-cut.

Political coalitions in Juneau do not always come down to party-line votes like in other state houses. Even if Ms. Dodge wins the race, Democrats would still not have an outright majority, and so members of the House will still be tasked with negotiating a coalition majority.


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3 Killed After Pickup Truck Fleeing Border Patrol Hits Tire Spikes and Crashes



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Three people in a packed pickup truck were killed on Thursday afternoon after the driver ran over tire spikes and crashed on a Southern California highway while trying to flee Border Patrol officers, the authorities said.

The officers turned on their vehicle’s emergency lights and began chasing the pickup truck on Interstate 8, near Boulevard, Calif., at around 4:20 p.m., according to the United States Customs and Border Protection. The authorities said they believed that the pickup truck had been illegally driven over the southern border and had crashed through an “iron bar vehicle barrier.” They said they identified it by matching a piece that was missing from the truck to one agents had spotted on the ground near the border, though they did not elaborate.

The pickup truck reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour, weaving between cars and bypassing others on the side of the highway, before it drove over spikes that the Border Patrol had placed on the road, the California Highway Patrol said. About a mile later, the truck spun out of control and flipped over, ejecting the nine people who were riding in the truck’s bed, the authorities said.

A woman inside the truck, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was killed, as were two people riding in the bed, the police said. Seven people who had “multiple serious injuries” were taken to the hospital, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection said.

The driver, a United States citizen whose name was not released, was the only person wearing a seatbelt, the agency said. The California Highway Patrol took the man into custody, but it was not clear whether he had been charged. The identities of the passengers in the truck have not been released either.

“The investigation into the smuggling incident is ongoing,” the spokesman said in an email, “and the Border Patrol is fully cooperating with the CHP in their investigation of the collision.”

About an hour after the crash, the Border Patrol stopped another vehicle that officers believed had crossed over the border with the pickup truck, the agency said. The driver of that car was also arrested.

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