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Sunday, 22 September 2013

George H. W. Bush

Bob Hope’s golf buddy was Prescott Bush, the father and grandfather of presidents George H.W. Bush (b 1924) and George W. Bush.

Before he went to college, Bush served in the Navy until the end of World War II.

In 1943, Bush was the youngest pilot in the Navy at the time.

On August 1, 1944 Bush was shot down and rescued by the lifeguard submarine USS Finback. For the next month he remained on Finback, and participated in the rescue of other pilots.

Bush was one of nine airmen who escaped from their planes after being shot down during bombing raids on Chichi Jima, a small island 700 miles (1,100 km) south of Tokyo, in September 1944. Eight of the nine were murdered, Five of those  eight were cannibalized. Bush was the lone survivor.

During World War II, he flew 58 combat missions for the Navy and was awarded three Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service.

After World War II, Bush went to Yale University. He graduated with honors in 1948 with a degree in economics.

He finished his Yale college degree in just two and a half years.

Bush  captained the Yale baseball team, and as a left-handed first baseman, played in the first two College World Series.

George H.W. Bush married Barbara Pierce on January 6, 1945 at the First Presbyterian Church in Rye, New York. They had six children.

Bush began his career in 1948 working in the oil industry in Texas.

George Washington, George Bush Sr and Henry VIII (to Anne of Cleves) all married on January 6th.

He became active in the Republican party. In 1967, Bush won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. From 1981-89, he served as Vice President under Reagan.

Bush gained the nomination in 1988 to run for president. He won with 54% of the popular vote and 426 out of 537 electoral votes.

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president, was the only one to have four names.

A springer spaniel, Mildred Kerr Bush, was "first dog" of the White House during George Bush's presidency. Known as Millie, the dog "dictated" the 1990 best-seller Millie's Book' to Barbara Bush, offering readers a dog's-eye view of the presidency.

Millie the White House dog earned more than four times as much as President Bush in 1991.

In 1991 both George Bush Senior and his wife Barbara contracted a thyroid condition called Graves’ disease whilst in the White House. When their dog Millie also developed a thyroid condition, conspiracy theories flourished.

Shortly after George H. W. Bush vomited and fainted at a meeting with the Japanese Prime minister in 1992, a man named James Edward Smith, called CNN posing as the president's physician claiming Bush had died. CNN was within seconds of publishing the story, but stopped the anchor mid sentence.

His eldest son, George W Bush, became president in 2001, and another son, Jeb (John Ellis) Bush (1953– ), governor of Florida in 1999.

He is the second president to be the father of another U.S. president. (John Adams was the first.)

In 2014, George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday with a tandem parachute jump, just as he had on his 75th, 80th and 85th birthdays.

Bush resides during the summer in his Kennebunkport home — an estate that has been in the Bush family since the late 19th century. When he's home, a Texas flag flies from the compound.

Bush is known for his colorful and eccentric socks. The Republican National Committee sells “Official George H.W. Bush socks” for $19. The brightly colored socks include an embroidered elephant and Bush’s signature.

Source The Daily Signal, Fox News

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