41 - George Herbert Walker Bush
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The Presidency of George Bush(American Presidency Series)
Election Bush (426 electoral votes) vs. Dukakis (111)
Bush was the first president to publicly refuse to eat broccoli. Broccoli farmers got mad and began sending truckloads of broccoli to the White House. His wife, Barbara, accepted the broccoli, but Bush said, "I am President of the United States and I don't have to eat it.
After telling the press he was an expert in hand gestures, George Bush gave the "V-for-Victory" sign as he drove in his armored limousine past demonstrators in Canberra, Australia's capital in January 1992. In Australia, holding up two fingers to form a "V" has the same vulgar meaning as the middle-finger gesture in the United States. The Aussie demonstrators were very mad, and they signaled in the same manner back at the U.S. President. Bush later apologized.
Bush played first base for the Yale baseball team.
Bush, distantly related to Benedict Arnold and Marilyn Monroe, is also related to Presidents Pierce, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ford, and to Winston Churchill.
When he received his commission in 1943, he became, at 19, the youngest pilot then in the Navy, flying 58 combat missions during World War II.
With Bush, the first president born in June, presidents have been born in every month.
He was named after his grandfather, George Herbert Walker, an investment banker.
This book skims through Bush's early life and years prior to the presidency (covering through his vice-president days in about 30 pages or so). Thus, you get just a hint of what made the man before he got the office. The balance of the book covers the presidency in great detail, especially considering how slim (245 pp. including the appendices) the book is on the shelf. It's a good introduction to the man and his term as president, but not overwhelming in style.
41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush. It was an E-library book.
You can clearly tell that "W" loves and admires his father greatly. Anyone looking for any kind of critical look at Bush Sr's policy decisions need not read this book. Devoted son wrote a book about his loving father. Good read, just no critical information in there at all.
Really learned a lot that I didn't know about George Bush. He was someone who stood by their values and ethics, had grace to stand behind Reagan and support him. His service to country stood up throughout his life and transferred to his children. Visited his library in College Station a year or so ago, very interesting place.