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A VISIT TO THE GEORGE H.W. BUSH LIBRARY & MUSEUM

Well worth the trip

sunny 100 °F

George & Barbara's lineage are of understated wealth. George's great-grandfather, Samuel Prescott Bush was an engineer and (millionaire) Pres. of Buckeye Steel Castings of Ohio. His son, George Herbert Walker Bush, educated at Yale, was an investment banker and politician from Greenwich, CT. His father, Prescott Bush, another Yale grad. was also a banker and US Senator (CT) from 1952-1963. Pres. Bush grew up in Greenwich, attending prep school at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH.
Barbara's father, Marvin Pierce was a Sr. Executive of McCall's Publishing Co., NYC and her maternal grandfather was a OH Supreme Court Judge.
When George (41) graduated from Phillips Exeter Preparatory High School at the age of 18 (1942) he enlisted in US Navy Aviation, and subsequently became the youngest Aircraft Carrier Pilot in the US Navy ( age 19). A WWII US Navy Avenger Dive Bomber airplane, the type he flew, hangs from the museum ceiling. He met Barbara while home on leave at an academy dance. The couple fell in love, 'Love at First Sight', they said, and were married within the year...she 19, he 20. It stuck for 70+ years. She died on Apr. 17, 2018.

The Museum has several exhibit areas separated into segments of President Bush's life. Of course, there were The Early Years- displaying his natural leadership qualities and his athleticism, The War Years- where he flew missions off aircraft carriers, was shot down by the Japanese, rescued by a US submarine, then returned to combat air service. The Post-War Years- when he and Barbara moved their young family to New Haven, CT where George attended, graduating from Yale in 2 1/2 years. He was anxious to get on with his life and dreams. Post graduation -they moved to Texas and with the help of family connections he got into the oil business. He made his fortune there, got into TX politics and eventually made it to Washington as a US Representative. With the political friends he made along the way he was appointed to lofty positions, among them Ambassador to China, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Vice-President under Ronald Reagan, then ran for the Presidency and won in 1990. He was defeated while running for his second term by Bill Clinton of Arkansas. Barbara, a plain-spoken woman, was quoted as saying, "Clinton lied. A man might forget where he parks or where he lives, but he never forgets oral sex, no matter how bad it is". Another exhibit area are- the White House Years with an Oval Office reproduction, and Official Gifts are displayed among the many received from Visiting Dignitaries while he was in office. The CIA exhibit showed some 'spy' devices used in the clandestine world of espionage.

Barbara Bush and Abigale Adams are the only two women in the US history who have been both the wife of a president and the mother of a president.

My visit took several hours as I was totally absorbed in the place. Glad I went.

Posted by dixter 15:32 Archived in USA Tagged the museum a to visit presidential

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