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Fun Presidential Facts – George Hebert Walker Bush

Here are some quick facts, opinions, quotes and other information on President George HW Bush:


Personal Information on George HW Bush:

  • Forty-first (1989-1993)

Interesting George HW Bush facts:

  1. George HW Bush is one of nineteen Presidents who also served in the House of Representatives. The other eighteen are: James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, William McKinley, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford. Strangely, four of these Presidents were never elected President by their own right: Tyler, Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, and Ford.
  2. Twenty-four different men have held the title of oldest living President. Of course, the first day George Washington took the oath of office, he was the only oldest living President since he was the only President alive. He carried the title of oldest living President until his death on December 14, 1799. He held the title for 3880 days. John Adams would take over the title for 9698 days, the second longest anyone has held the title. On August 11, 2017, George HW Bush will pass George Washington and he will move up to the sixth on the longest to be the oldest living President list. Those ahead of George HW Bush on the longest to be the oldest living President list are: Herbert Hoover (11,611 days), John Adams (9698 days), Ronald Reagan (8537 days), Martin Van Buren (5265 days), and Woodrow Wilson (3988 days). George HW Bush (he was 82 years and 197 days when he became the oldest living President) is the second oldest person to start his tenure as oldest living President. Bush took over the title on the death of Gerald Ford on December 26, 2006. Ironically, the oldest person to become the oldest living President was Gerald Ford (he was 90 years and 327 days old).
  3. George HW Bush is one of only four men to be elected the next President following serving as Vice President, who didn’t become President on the death or resignation of the President for whom they served as Vice President. The other three Vice Presidents to follow the Presidents they served under (without getting there by the death or resignation of that President) are: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Martin Van Buren. Vice President Richard Nixon lost his election, immediately following serving under President Eisenhower, to John F. Kennedy. Nixon would win the Presidency eight years later. The other eight Vice Presidents to become President (after the death or resignation of the President) are: Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Arthur, Teddy Roosevelt, Coolidge, Truman, Lyndon Johnson, and Ford.

My favorite George HW Bush Quotes:

Read my lips: no new taxes.
I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli.
It's no exaggeration to say that the undecided could go one way or another.
Never ask anyone over 70 how they feel. They'll tell you.
I'm a conservative, but I'm not a nut about it.
The longer our graduation lines are today, the shorter our unemployment lines will be tomorrow.

Losing is tough.

You have to understand that people that are hurting are going to criticize.

We’re going to keep trying to strengthen the American family. To make them more like the Waltons and less like the Simpsons.

We are not the sum of our possessions.

Old guys can still do fun things.

George HW Bush blogs (click the title to go to that page):

George HW Bush page on Presidential Crossroads (click “George HW Bush” below):

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George HW Bush Blogs:

The Grocery Store Scanner

Having a Son be President

Meeting Wife Barbara

Reagan’s Assassination Attempt and his Connections

Shot Down on Naval Bombing Run to Chichi Jima

Loss of his Daughter


College World Series and Meeting Babe Ruth

What similar traits do I have with Presidents Nixon through Obama


Personal thoughts on George HW Bush:


Experience, Super nice guy, Consensus builder


Not the best speaker, Poor self promoter, Not much of a cheerleader

Presidential Greatness Scale (1-poor to 5-great): 2.9


This was a real hard ranking for me to give him. I really like George HW Bush. He might have been the nicest man to ever serve as President. But, to me, he was also one of those I am the most disappointed in. Bush was one of those “I will do anything anyone asks me to do” type of people. He served as Vice President, Director of the CIA, Chief US Liaison to China, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Ambassador to the United Nations, US House of Representatives, as well as an eighteen year old pilot in the Navy during World War II. Deep down inside, though, he really, really wanted to be President of the United States. Yet when he finally reached his goal of being President, it was almost like he just got tired of doing it. Granted, it was hard to follow the popular, charismatic personality of Ronald Reagan, but his experiences gave him the tools he needed to be a great President. He just seemed to run out of steam and he was defeated by Bill Clinton.

My Father My President - Dora Bush Koch

My Father My President – Dora Bush Koch

Favorite George HW Bush book:

My Father, My President by Dora Bush Koch

Favorite George HW Bush story:

I once had a friend of mine who was a Secret Service agent at the White House. I asked him who his favorite President he served was. He answered, “George (HW) Bush.” He said he was the nicest guy. He said once he was departing the Marine One helicopter to go back to the White House. Millie, the family dog had just had puppies. He said he saw the line to go into the White House for a visit and noticed some kids in the line. He said Bush, pulled the kids out of the line and took them to see Millie’s puppies.

Most memorable George HW Bush memory:

Funds were being allocated to restore Montpelier, James Madison’s home. Bush came there and I went to see the ceremony, and him.

Favorite George HW Bush possession (see picture at the top):

A George HW Bush Bosley Bobbers Bobblehead

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