Friends of the George & Barbara Bush Foundation,
By now, we are well familiar with the mounting tragedies and ongoing challenges that the coronavirus has visited upon our communities, our country and our world. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all affected persons and families, and as parts of our country now move to reopen certain facets of their economy we urge you to continue being mindful of CDC guidelines for protecting not only your health — but those around you.
In this update, we thought we would start by focusing on the good to come out of this extraordinarily trying time — starting with our two partners at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Center.
The George Bush School of Government
and Public Service
The Bush School has continued to distinguish itself for its leadership and critical expertise on matters of national importance, including pandemics. The Bush School has launched a dedicated webpage to COVID-19, where it has curated and updated materials from their scholars including this recent Houston Chronicle story featuring vaccine expert Dr. Gerald Parker. (If you are not a Houston Chronicle subscriber, you can listen to Dr. Parker’s comments on this pandemic at this link.)
Incidentally, Dr. Parker also co-chairs the newly formed Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), which brings together more than 85 experts from a variety of disciplines, including infectious disease, virology, medicine, emergency management, supply chain management, and international affairs. Read more here.
Finally, to better understand and appreciate the special spirit that permeates The Bush School, please take a few moments to watch this 2020 graduation video — where the Class of 2019 congratulates and encourages their soon-to-be-co-graduates.
The George H. W. Bush Presidential Library
While the Bush Library and Museum has been closed the past six weeks, their terrific staff on several occasions has volunteered at the Brazos Valley Food Bank packing food bags for senior citizens. As the photo above shows, the food bank could only take a small group of these Points of Light due to social distancing requirements.
The George & Barbara Bush Foundation has also helped by making a donation to The Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund, which is being managed by United Way of the Brazos Valley, the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley, the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce, the City of Bryan and the City of College Station.
In other Bush Library and Museum news:
* While Governor Greg Abbott has indicated Texas museums may reopen later this week, the Bush Library and Museum is a federal facility and is still working with the National Archives to determine how they will resume operations. Stay tuned for updates soon. In the meantime, both the Bush Library and Texas A&M have announced that no large public events or facility rentals will take place at the Bush Library until after June 30. This means the movie events planned for May 15, May 29, and June 19 — along with the Birthday Tribute to the Bushes that was supposed to occur on June 12, and the Juneteenth Celebration that was to happen on June 19 — have been cancelled. The Library and Museum staff also made the difficult decision to cancel their annual Summer Camp and the “I Love America” July 4th Celebration.
* The Bush Library and Museum staff recently posted online lesson plans as an added educational resource for parents and at-home students. Additionally, the Museum has a terrific virtual tour of both the interior and exterior of the facility for those unable to visit.
Our “All the Best” team was very pleased to welcome Vice President Dan Quayle to the podcast for a historic conversation about his relationship with President Bush and their four years in office — four years when our country and world changed for the better. This being an election year, host Sam LeBlond gains Vice President Quayle’s unique insights into the vice presidential selection process among many other fascinating topics covered. Don’t miss it — listen here!
Pearls of Wisdom: Virtual Book Tour
The Pearls of Wisdom virtual book tour dropped in via Zoom with the Kansas City Public Library system earlier this month. Foundation board member and Pearls’ editor extraordinaire Jean Becker was joined by Neil Bush and his daughters, Lauren Bush Lauren and Ashley Bush, for a fun and uplifting conversation about former First Lady Barbara Bush and her enduring impact on so many people — especially her family.
Andy Card on George H. W. Bush
Andrew Card, chief of staff to President George W. Bush and deputy chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, joined the Partnership for Public Service podcast “Transition Lab” to share his perspective on the surprisingly challenging “friendly” transition from President Reagan to President George H. W. Bush. Secretary Card offered other insights from his distinguished career in the Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush Administrations. Listen to Andy’s interview here.
Museum Store: Featured Item
* From the Museum Store: Inaugural Address, Lined Journal
This journal includes 80 lined pages, a bookmark, and an elastic loop closure. The soft faux leather cover is debossed with a quote direct from President Bush’s 1989 Inaugural address.
Regular: $32.50 Member Price: $29.25
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When you become a Foundation member, you directly help develop the next generation of service-focused leaders who demonstrate the selflessness and character best exemplified by the lives of President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush. Your support makes it possible for us to offer the highest-quality educational programming while providing scholarships to students of The Bush School and keeping President and Mrs. Bush’s legacies of helping others at the forefront of history. Join us today!