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From War Hero to World Leader: The Inspiring Story of George H. W. Bush, as Told by His Daughter

My Father, My President: A Personal Account of the Life of George H. W. Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush was an American politician, diplomat, businessman and father who served as the 41st president of the United States from 1989 to 1993. He was also the father of George W. Bush, the 43rd president. In this article, I will share with you some personal stories and insights about his life, his achievements and his legacy.

My Father, My President: A Personal Account of the Life of George H. W. Bush

My father was a man of courage, integrity and compassion. He dedicated his life to serving his country and his family. He was a leader who brought peace and freedom to millions of people around the world. He was also a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who taught me many valuable lessons. He was my hero.

In this article, I will cover three main aspects of his life: his early life and military service, his political career and public service, and his post-presidency and legacy. I hope you will enjoy reading this personal account of the life of George H. W. Bush.

Early Life and Military Service

My father was born on June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts. He came from a wealthy and politically active family. His father was Prescott Bush, a senator from Connecticut. His mother was Dorothy Walker Bush, a descendant of a prominent merchant family.

He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where he was a student leader and an athlete. He met my mother, Barbara Pierce, at a Christmas dance in 1941. They fell in love and got married in January 1945.

On his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, becoming the youngest pilot in the Navy during World War II. He flew carrier-based torpedo bomber aircraft and completed 58 combat missions in the Pacific theater. He had a close call when his plane was hit by enemy fire during a bombing run over Chichi Jima island. He managed to bail out of the burning plane and was rescued by a U.S. Navy submarine. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation for his bravery and service.

Political Career and Public Service

After the war, he attended Yale University, where he graduated with a degree in economics in 1948. He then moved to Midland, Texas, where he started his own oil and petroleum business. He became a successful entrepreneur and a civic leader.

He entered politics in 1963, when he became the chairman of the Harris County Republican Party. In 1966, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas's 7th district. He served two terms in Congress, where he supported civil rights legislation, environmental protection and family planning programs.

He was appointed to several important positions by Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 1971 to 1973, where he advocated for international cooperation and human rights. He was the chief of the U.S. liaison office to China from 1974 to 1975, where he established diplomatic relations with the communist regime. He was the director of Central Intelligence from 1976 to 1977, where he reformed and revitalized the intelligence community. He was also the chair of the Republican National Committee from 1973 to 1974, where he helped the party recover from the Watergate scandal.

He ran for president in 1980, but lost the Republican nomination to Ronald Reagan. However, he was chosen as Reagan's running mate and became the vice president of the United States from 1981 to 1989. He was a loyal and influential partner to Reagan, supporting his economic and foreign policies. He also took on special assignments, such as leading the task force on combating terrorism, overseeing the war on drugs and heading the crisis management team during the Iran-Contra affair.

He won the presidential election in 1988, defeating Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis. He became the first sitting vice president to be elected president since 1837. He took office as the 41st president of the United States on January 20, 1989.

As president, he faced many challenges and opportunities at home and abroad. He presided over the end of the Cold War, which resulted in the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. He led a multinational coalition that liberated Kuwait from Iraqi invasion in the Gulf War of 1991. He promoted democracy and human rights around the world, supporting the reunification of Germany, the independence of Panama and Namibia, and the peaceful transition of power in South Africa and Chile.

He also faced difficulties in managing the domestic economy, which entered a recession in 1990. He broke his campaign promise of "no new taxes" and agreed to a bipartisan budget deal that raised taxes and cut spending in order to reduce the federal deficit. He lost popularity among conservatives and independents who felt betrayed by his tax hike. He also faced criticism for his perceived lack of vision and leadership on domestic issues such as health care, education and crime.

He ran for re-election in 1992, but lost to Democratic challenger Bill Clinton, who capitalized on the public discontent with Bush's economic performance and offered a new vision for change. Bush became one of only four presidents in U.S. history to lose re-election after serving a full term.

Post-Presidency and Legacy

After leaving office, he remained active in public life and humanitarian causes. He joined forces with his former rival Bill Clinton to raise funds for disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. He also supported his son George W. Bush's presidency and campaigned for him in 2000 and 2004.

He suffered from various health problems in his later years, including Parkinson's disease, vascular parkinsonism and a form of low blood pressure that caused him to faint occasionally. He was hospitalized several times for infections, bronchitis and pneumonia. He died on November 30, 2018, at his home in Houston, Texas, at the age of 94. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara, who died on April 17, 2018, at the age of 92. They had been married for 73 years, making them the longest-married presidential couple in U.S. history.

He received a state funeral that lasted four days and involved ceremonies in Washington D.C., Houston and College Station, Texas. His body lay in state at the U.S. Capitol for two days, where he was honored by members of Congress, foreign dignitaries and thousands of citizens. His funeral service was held at Washington National Cathedral on December 5, where he was eulogized by his son George W. Bush, former President Barack Obama, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and former Senator Alan Simpson. He was then flown to Texas, where he had another funeral service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston on December 6, where he was eulogized by his friend and former Secretary of State James Baker and his grandson George P. Bush. He was finally laid to rest at his presidential library and museum in College Station on December 6, next to his wife Barbara and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at age three in 1953.

He left behind a legacy of leadership, service and character that inspired millions of people around the world. He was widely praised for his foreign policy achievements, his bipartisan spirit and his personal decency. He was also remembered for his sense of humor, his adventurous spirit and his love of family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who cherished every moment with his loved ones.


In conclusion, George H. W. Bush was a remarkable man who lived a remarkable life. He was a war hero, a businessman, a congressman, a diplomat, a spy chief, a vice president and a president. He was also a loyal friend, a generous benefactor and a loving family man. He served his country and his fellow citizens with honor and dignity. He was my father and my president.

I am grateful for the opportunity to share with you some personal stories and insights about his life. I hope you learned something new and enjoyed reading this article. I also hope you will join me in honoring his memory and celebrating his legacy.

If you want to learn more about George H. W. Bush, I recommend you visit his presidential library and museum in College Station, Texas, where you can see exhibits, artifacts and documents that showcase his life and career. You can also read his autobiography, A World Transformed, co-written with Brent Scowcroft, or his collection of letters and diaries, All the Best: My Life in Letters and Other Writings.

Thank you for your time and attention. God bless you and God bless America.


Here are some frequently asked questions and answers related to the topic of the article:

  • Q: What were George H. W. Bush's nicknames?

  • A: He had several nicknames throughout his life, such as "Poppy", "Skin", "41", "Bush 41" and "Gampy".

  • Q: What were George H. W. Bush's hobbies?

  • A: He enjoyed fishing, golfing, boating, skydiving, reading and watching sports.

  • Q: What were George H. W. Bush's favorite foods?

  • A: He loved seafood, especially lobster and clams. He also liked Chinese food, barbecue and popcorn.

  • Q: What were George H. W. Bush's pets?

  • A: He had several dogs during his lifetime, such as Millie, Ranger, Spot and Sully. He also had a cat named India.

  • Q: What were George H. W. Bush's famous quotes?

  • A: Some of his famous quotes are: - "Read my lips: no new taxes." - "This will not stand; this aggression against Kuwait." - "I do not like broccoli...And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid." - "I'm a quiet man but I hear the quiet people others don't." - "The American Dream means giving it your all...never giving up...and working with others to achieve your goals."



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