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Four Years that Changed Our Country, and World, for the Better

The four years that George and Barbara Bush served in the White House truly were four years that changed our nation, and world, for the better. Between 1989 and 1993, freedom prevailed in the Cold War. Germany was unified within NATO. Saddam Hussein’s brutal, unprovoked aggression against neighboring Kuwait was reversed. And from the Baltic states, to Central and Eastern Europe, to the former Soviet Republics and throughout Latin America, tens of millions of people were liberated from totalitarian regimes.

Closer to home, President Bush signed historic civil rights legislation to integrate millions of Americans with disabilities more fully into society. His Clean Air Act tightened air pollution standards and dramatically reduced urban smog and acid rain. By their selfless example, the Bushes also called and inspired millions of Americans to serve their communities with the president’s vision of “a thousand points of light.”

In this blog, we will capture the stories behind this historic, transformative period from the people who served with President and Mrs. Bush. President and Mrs. Bush were always proud of their teams, very proud that they served with integrity, and in the end proud of what they accomplished together.

Remarks by Marlin Fitzwater at “Lessons from the Fall of the Berlin Wall,”  Wed., November 6, 2019, Georgetown University, Washington, D. C.

Remarks by Marlin Fitzwater at “Lessons from the Fall of the Berlin Wall,” Wed., November 6, 2019, Georgetown University, Washington, D. C.

Inside the White House, there were no sirens, no announcements of change, except for the relentless ticking of the wire service machines as the story started to emerge: the first few cautious citizens, mostly students, began to chip away at the Berlin Wall. And the story was issued. As the press is want to do, even the first stories out of Berlin speculated that the wall was coming down.

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A Summit Worth Celebrating

A Summit Worth Celebrating

Roger B. Porter Three decades ago the country was governed by sharply divided government.  A newly elected President, George H.W. Bush, faced larger congressional majorities of the opposing political party than those faced by any other elected American president.  He offered in his Inaugural Address an extended hand and began working with the Congress on everything from the budget to the environment, from trade to taxes, and from energy to education. He recognized that state and local governments have a predominant role in education –determining curriculum and graduation requirements, selecting teachers, and raising well over ninety percent of the funds...

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September 2, 2019 Marks 75 Years to the Day that Naval Aviator LTJG George Bush was Shot Down Over the Pacific Island of Chi Chi Jima

September 2, 2019 Marks 75 Years to the Day that Naval Aviator LTJG George Bush was Shot Down Over the Pacific Island of Chi Chi Jima

September 2, 2019 marks 75 years to the day that naval aviator LTJG George Bush was shot down over the Pacific island of Chi Chi Jima — during a bombing run on the island’s radio station that had been intercepting U.S. military transmissions and warning Japanese forces throughout the region of impending U.S. operations. That radio station had to be taken out. Despite being hit on his descent by anti-aircraft fire, which had set the wings of his plane ablaze, LTJG George Bush completed his mission and hit the radio station before turning his burning plane back out to sea....

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July 1989: Historic Visit to Poland and Hungary “A Western Vision of the Future”

July 1989: Historic Visit to Poland and Hungary “A Western Vision of the Future”

Poland and Hungary – July 1989 “Western Vision of the Future” Note: Thirty years ago this month, President Bush embarked on historic visits to Poland and Hungary prior to attending the G-7 (Group of Seven) summit in Paris. The President and his National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft recounted the significance of these visits in their 1998 book, A World Transformed, excerpts of which appear below. Book Narrative Even though a visit to Eastern Europe had been tacked onto our trip to Paris and the G-7 summit, it eclipsed these in importance. President Bush’s presence would be a highly visible way...

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China—Tiananmen Square —the U.S. Response

China—Tiananmen Square —the U.S. Response

Thirty years ago, Chinese troops stormed Tiananmen Square in Beijing, ruthlessly dispersing what remained of tens of thousands of demonstrators who had been occupying it – and demanding political reforms – for more than a month. In the United States, the outrage to this event was sharp and widespread. President George Bush and his National Security Advisor, Brent Scowcroft, chronicled their behind-the-scenes maneuvering to manage this crisis in their 1998 book, “A World Transformed” (published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.).Here are some key excerpts from the immediate aftermath: PRESIDENT BUSH I had been watching the events in China with considerable...

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Four Years that Changed the World -1989 – Ending the Cold War

Four Years that Changed the World -1989 – Ending the Cold War

Thirty years ago, on May 29, 1989, President George H.W. Bush led NATO to adopt his proposals to begin the unwinding of the cold war with the Soviet Union. Although the summit meeting six months later between George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev at Malta – which took place in December of 1989 – is usually celebrated as being the milestone date for the end of the cold war, Malta would never have happened without the events that came together in Brussels over Memorial Day Week in 1989.

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