I recently caught the documentary "41" celebrating the life of President George Herbert Walker Bush on HBO. Somewhat of a "soft" piece on Mr. Bush, and all but for his appointment of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court and his caving in on "Voodoo Economics," I think Bush 41 will be treated kindly by American historians down the road. One can't help but think how much "W's Dad" cared about our country, serving in the Navy as a pilot, serving in the House of Representatives (losing twice for the Senate), Serving as Ambassador to the UN ("United Nothing") and then briefly as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency before becoming Vice-President under Ronald Reagan. Bush ultimately lost favor with his base for breaking his "Read My Lips" statement on holding fast against tax increases (which he admitted later was his undoing) in his quest for re-election losing to Bill Clinton. Mr. Bush later admitted that many of his objectives set forth during his second term were fulfilled instead by President Clinton and he has been recognized by President Obama, who awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 and warmly received for visits by Obama at the White House, most recently in January, 2012. Interesting show, "41" on HBO.
Daniel R. Rubin is an Attorney, Educator, Lecturer and National Award Winning Author. He is a retired adjunct professor of American History who also taught Advanced Placement United States Government and American Politics in Venice, Florida.