Monday, June 16, 2014
CNN airs "41ON41" to present the life of 41st President George H. W. Bush
Sunday, CNN aired the 2-hour documentary “41ON41” about the first president Bush, that is, George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, from 1989 to January 1993. CNN boasts of its acquisition of the film here. The film is directed by Mary Cate Kary and Dick Kalplan.
Bush is presented as kindler and gentler than his somewhat bumbling son who had to handle 9/11. Bush’s greatest accomplishment was winning the Persian Gulf War of 1990-1991 so quickly and efficiently, all things considered. But then economic stagnation set in (mild compared to what would happen in 2008), and Bush broke his pledge of “read my lips, no new taxes.” Bush sounded like an exponent of volunteerism (following Carter), with his “thousand points of light”.
Bush is shown skydiving above coastal Maine on his 85th birthday. I have seen his Kinnnebunkport ME home from a distance just once, in June 1995.
Former president Bill Clinton describes his friendship with George H. W. Bush.
I remember Barbara Bush well, who always referred to her husband as “George Bush”. I also recall her talking about family values at the 1992 GOP convention, when she said, “You don’t have to be married, but if you do have children, they have to come first in your life.” In most recent years, the “demographic winter” arguments seems to be gaining traction instead.