10:16 AM, Nov 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Fred Barnes, writing in the Wall Street Journal:
When George W. Bush was president, his communications with his father, George Herbert Walker Bush, rarely involved national policy. Instead, his father liked to send corny jokes to buoy his son’s spirits. But he couldn’t send them by computer. His son, while president, didn’t use email. So his father would email the jokes to a White House aide, who would bring them to the Oval Office.
In 2007, one of the emails related the tale of an 80-year-old man who had been arrested for shoplifting. Asked by the judge what he had stolen, the man said, “a can of peaches.” How many peaches were in the can? the judge asked. Told there were six, the judge sentenced the man to six days in jail. Then the man’s wife spoke up: “He stole a can of peas, too.”
This episode tells you more than you might suspect about the senior Bush, America’s 41st president—about, for instance, his self-deprecating sense of himself in his ninth decade. And it’s an example of why the book about him by his son, the 43rd president, is such a joy to read.
Not that “41: A Portrait of My Father” fails to discuss presidential matters. As his son’s narrative shows, Bush senior emphasized personal relations with foreign leaders. In 1989, he invited French President François Mitterrand to the Bush family retreat at Kennebunkport, Maine. His “cultivation” of Mitterrand “paid off,” Mr. Bush says, when France supported the use of force to oust Saddam Hussein ’s army from Kuwait in 1991. As President Reagan’s vice president, Bush senior was an early advocate of negotiating with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. After meeting Mr. Gorbachev, he “reported back that he felt the President could forge a unique working relationship with Mr. Gorbachev,” the son writes. His father was “a master of personal diplomacy.”
Whole thing here.
9:29 AM, Apr 3, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Michelle Nunn, the likely Democratic nominee for Senate in Georgia, has released her first 30-second TV ad of the campaign. Nunn is the daughter of former senator Sam Nunn, but the ad seeks to introduce her more broadly to voters in Georgia.
"Some people ask me why, with all the dysfunction in Washington, I'm running for Senate," Nunn says in a voiceover. "In the end, I think it comes down to being an optimist."
12:31 PM, Mar 9, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
First question asked, supposedly, in situation rooms when there is … well, a situation: Where are the carriers?
Lately, there has been this situation in the Ukraine and now we learn that there is a carrier on hand. In this case the George H.W. Bush, the Navy’s most recently commissioned Nimitz-class carrier.
According to a release written by master chief Jeffrey Madlangbayan the ship’s public affairs department the carrier:
10:27 AM, Jan 11, 2014 • By JIM SWIFT
A 2008 documentary reveals that Terry McAuliffe, who is being sworn in today as governor of Virginia, thinks that members of the Bush family “should all have been put away in jail.”
Andrew Ferguson, campaign veteranNov 5, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 08 • By ANDREW FERGUSON
The news readers from NPR were mum-mum-mumbling in the background the other morning as I was putt-putt-puttering around the house when . . . all of a sudden . . . running counter to every fiber of my being . . . pulling against my every natural inclination . . . I began to pay attention!
12:30 PM, Mar 28, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former president George Herbert Walker Bush will endorse Mitt Romney in Houston Thursday afternoon, the Associated Press reports:
Romney spokeswoman Gail Gitcho says the two will appear together and speak to reporters.
Formal backing from the 41st president is another sign that the Republican Party is uniting behind Romney as pressure builds on challengers Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich to leave the race.
11:15 AM, Jan 30, 2012 • By FRED BARNES
Jeb Bush’s decision not to endorse Mitt Romney before Tuesday primary raises three possibilities about the former Florida governor’s role in the 2012 presidential election.
9:17 AM, Oct 21, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
According to Gallup, Barack Obama's quarterly approval hit an all-time low in the president's eleventh quarter in office at 41 percent.
5:27 PM, Apr 5, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced his plans to run for reelection in 2012, 582 days before Election Day and before most major Republican opponents officially announced that they'd be entering the race. This is the earliest any incumbent president has officially signed up to run again.
The bailouts may be only just beginning.8:55 AM, Jul 19, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
In his statement celebrating the passage of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill last week, President Obama said: "There will be no more taxpayer-funded bailouts -- period."
Really? Let's assume Obama is right. Even under the best-case scenario, in which Dodd-Frank performs exactly as its technocratic architects intended, the legislation would -- with all necessary caveats attached -- prevent bailouts just in the financial sector.
The Return of the Perotistas.11:58 AM, Mar 16, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Though he did not win a single state, Ross Perot garnered almost 20 percent of the national presidential vote in 1992, dooming President George H.W. Bush's reelection campaign. Two years later, Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey, Frank Luntz, and other architects of the Republican Revolution found a way to persuade the Perotistas to swing Republican. (Bill Clinton helped in his own way, too.) The result was GOP dominance in both houses of Congress for the first time in 40 years.
The Perot issues -- government spending, deficits, and debt -- disappeared after the billionaire's last presidential campaign in 1996, when he took only 8 percent of the vote. The 1997 budget deal between Clinton and Gingrich gave us balanced budgets and an eventual surplus. But the Perot voters did not disappear. They remained dormant for years, until the Bush immigration proposals in 2006 and 2007 created a populist backlash. Then came 2009, and Obama's big government liberalism brought the Perot supporters and other disillusioned Americans back into politics. Another Perot moment had begun.
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