Bush 41 to endorse Romney
March 28th, 2012
11:37 AM ET
3 years ago

Bush 41 to endorse Romney

Washington (CNN) - In another sign the GOP establishment is coalescing behind Mitt Romney, former President George H.W. Bush is scheduled to formally endorse the Republican frontrunner on Thursday.

A Romney campaign spokeswoman confirmed Bush is expected to officially throw his support behind the GOP contender at an event in Houston, near the former president's home.
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Filed under: 2012 • George H.W. Bush • Mitt Romney
Santorum lumps McCain, Dole, H.W. Bush into losing clan of GOP moderates
March 2nd, 2012
09:25 AM ET
3 years ago

Santorum lumps McCain, Dole, H.W. Bush into losing clan of GOP moderates

Pasco, Washington (CNN) – Rick Santorum continued to cast himself as a scrappy fighter against a mighty Republican "establishment" late Thursday – even lumping together former presidents and former presidential hopefuls into a losing clan of Republican moderates.

"You have an opportunity, here in Washington state, to join me …To say we want a conservative nominee for the Republican Party in the fall," Santorum told hundreds of supporters in Pasco, Washington, ahead of the state's caucuses on Saturday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bob Dole • George H.W. Bush • John McCain • Rick Santorum • Washington
Romney meets former President George H. W. Bush
December 1st, 2011
05:38 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney meets former President George H. W. Bush

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney met with former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Thursday at their Houston-area home. Romney aides say the get together was not about seeking an endorsement, and the two are friends.

Romney's quick trip to Texas came on the same day fellow candidate and the state's governor Rick Perry was in California. Perry became governor when Bush's son, George W. Bush, was elected president.
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Filed under: 2012 • George H.W. Bush • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry
Presidents meet in the Oval Office
February 15th, 2011
10:52 AM ET
4 years ago

Presidents meet in the Oval Office

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush returned to his old office on Tuesday for a brief meeting with President Obama.

Bush, the 41st President of the United States is in Washington to recieve the Presidential Medal of Freedom later this afternoon in the East Room. He is one of 15 recipients to receive the nation's highest civilian honor. Maya Angelou, Warren Buffet, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Rep. John Lewis, and Yo-Yo Ma are some of the other recipients.

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Filed under: George H.W. Bush • President Obama
January 30th, 2010
12:29 PM ET
5 years ago

George H. W. Bush visits White House

Former President George H. W. Bush met with President Obama Saturday at the White House.
Former President George H. W. Bush met with President Obama Saturday at the White House.

Washington (CNN) - Former President George H. W. Bush returned to the White House for a rare Saturday morning meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, but administration officials said no specific issue was on the agenda.

The former president was in town for the Alfalfa Club dinner on Saturday night and just wanted to sit down with Obama to talk, officials said. His son Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, accompanied him for the visit.

When asked how the meeting went as they departed the White House, former President Bush called it a "good meeting."

Another son, former President George W. Bush, returned to the White House for the first time since leaving office two weeks ago for a meeting with Obama and former President Bill Clinton on relief efforts for Haiti.
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January 22nd, 2010
12:31 PM ET
4 years ago

A presidential boost for Kay Bailey Hutchison

Former President George H.W. Bush endorsed Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in her bid to become Texas governor on Friday.
Former President George H.W. Bush endorsed Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in her bid to become Texas governor on Friday.

(CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush endorsed Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison Friday in her bid to overtake the incumbent Texas Gov. Rick Perry in a Republican primary in March.

"She has proven herself as an effective leader for Texas," the former president said in a press conference with reporters. He added that he had a long-standing offer to Hutchison to back her in a bid for the Texas governorship. "Today, we are very happy to have a chance to fulfill that commitment."

"Barbara and I are taking this unusual step of endorsing Kay in this primary not because we oppose Rick Perry," Bush said, "…but because of our unbridled belief in Kay."

January 21st, 2010
11:05 AM ET
4 years ago

Former President George H.W. Bush to hit the campaign trail

Former President George H.W. Bush will campaign for Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Former President George H.W. Bush will campaign for Kay Bailey Hutchison.

(CNN) – Former President George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush will endorse Texas gubernatorial candidate Kay Bailey Hutchison on Friday, according to Hutchison's campaign.

The endorsement is set to occur at a press conference at the former president's office in Houston.

Hutchison, in her fourth term in the U.S. Senate, faces incumbent Gov. Rick Perry in a Republican primary in March.

October 16th, 2009
12:24 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama, Bush turn bipartisan focus to volunteerism

President Barack Obama will attend a community service forum hosted by former President George H.W. Bush  .
President Barack Obama will attend a community service forum hosted by former President George H.W. Bush .

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will be at Texas A&M University to attend a community service forum Friday hosted by one of his Republican predecessors, former President George H.W. Bush.

The two leaders will meet at Bush's presidential library to celebrate almost two decades of work from the Points of Light Institute, which was
founded with Bush's encouragement in 1990 to "encourage and empower the spirit of service," according to the group's Web site.

The Institute takes its name from Bush's 1989 inaugural address, where he referenced "a thousand points of light ... all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the nation, doing good."

Obama latched onto the theme during last year's presidential campaign. He signed a measure in April designed to strengthen national community service efforts by boosting federal funding for thousands of volunteers in fields ranging from clean energy to health care and education.

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Filed under: George H.W. Bush • President Obama
August 27th, 2009
06:55 PM ET
5 years ago

UPDATE: Bush 41 will not attend Kennedy service

Former President George H.W. Bush notified Ted Kennedy's family that he will not attend Saturday's funeral service.
Former President George H.W. Bush notified Ted Kennedy's family that he will not attend Saturday's funeral service.

(CNN) – Former President George H.W. Bush will not attend Ted Kennedy's private funeral mass in Boston on Saturday, his spokesman Jim McGrath told CNN.

McGrath said the 41st president spoke to Kennedy's wife Vicki and his niece Caroline to let them know. Earlier reports had said that all four living presidents would attend the service.

Former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are still scheduled to attend.

Earlier: All four ex-presidents to attend Kennedy funeral


Filed under: George H.W. Bush • Ted Kennedy
June 23rd, 2009
04:49 PM ET
5 years ago

Nixon to Bush 41: Find 'attractive' women

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Richard Nixon believed one way to shore up the GOP in 1973 was by recruiting "attractive" women, but not because he was "for women," according to audio tapes released Tuesday.

In February of 1973, President Nixon called future president and then-Republican National Committee chairman George H.W. Bush, and recounted a recent visit to the South Carolina state legislature.

"I noticed a couple of very attractive women, both of them Republicans, in the legislature," Nixon told Bush. "I want you to be sure to emphasize to our people, God, let's look for some... Understand, I don't do it because I'm for women, but I'm doing it because I think maybe a woman might win someplace where a man might not... So have you got that in mind?"

Bush replies, "I'll certainly keep it in mind."

The tape was among the approximately 154 hours of White House tape recordings and approximately 30,000 pages of documents released Tuesday by the Nixon Presidential Library, which is run by the National Archives.


Filed under: George H.W. Bush
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