September 2nd, 2008
09:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Crowley: George H.W. Bush gets standing ovation

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" The Bushes received a standing ovation at the RNC tonight."]
George H.W. Bush (the Dad) and Barbara Bush just walked into the auditorium of the Republican National Convention and got a standing ovation.

They'll soon listen to their son, slated to beam in via satellite from the White House.

Next up, a first responder to the Minneapolis bridge collapse last year. They are currently showing video of her crawling into a partially submerged car.

soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Tracey

    The apple doesn't fall to far from the tree. Bush Sr. just disguised he a lot better!

    September 2, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. Common Sense

    Hey guys, just a random thought
    Whatever happened to diversity at the GOP convention!!!
    wow....more sweet tea please!!!

    September 2, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. Terri

    Wow did anyone else see all the diversity in the audience?? LOL

    September 2, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  4. Bulldog

    People keep talking about Palin's exectutive experience. She governed the 3rd from last smallest state for 1.5 years while Obama was running a National campaign for the same amount of time. Obama was well received by foreign leaders all over the world while Palin has never met with any other country's leader. Obama was a United States Constitutional professor, does Palin even know the Constitution?
    Obama is a Harvard graduate and first black person to be president of the Harvard Law Review (leadership). Palin graduated from a small college with a degree in journalism and worked as a sports reporter. Obama worked as a community organizer right out of college and helped organize much needed help for the less needy. Palin owned a small fishing store in Alaska. On and on and on.

    Obama has excellent experience, was President of Harvard Law Review, chose to be a community organizer over going to Wall Street, and was a Constitutional professor before he ever even ran for state senate. God knows this country needs someone who understands the constitution. The experience argument against Obama is getting very old. He has tons of experience, just not in Washington. He definately has more relevant experience than Palin.

    September 2, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. Michele/Oregon

    All fine and good but has anyone else noted that with the exception of a very few people, the crowd is very WASPish?

    Just a white middle-aged woman who thinks that the Democrats serve their country as well as the Republicans. Why has no one reported that McCain would not see the Vets against the Iraq war? Why has no one reported that McCain has not voted for help for Katrina victims while they show McCain preparing help bags for Gustav? As usual the McCain camp is attempting to sway us with gushy patriotic military stories, but NO ONE is talking about his poor record to actually help g.i.'s in the form of benefits!

    September 2, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  6. Adrienne

    that's creepy.

    On a side note.

    McCain opposed funds for teen-pregnancy prevention programs.

    September 2, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  7. Tjaye in LA

    Just KNOW you are wrong for that one! LOL!!

    September 2, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  8. Veda Jayam

    Go Sarah Pawlenty!

    September 2, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  9. tperran

    I thought it was incredibly rude for the Bushes to walk in right after the speaker had walked up to the podium. I guess the idea that they were interrupting never crossed Babs' "beautiful mind".

    September 2, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. Terry from GA

    "Country First", when it doesn't inlcude the victims from the Katrina hurricane.

    September 2, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. RapidRay

    He' knows how far to take an invasion and how to get out.

    Can't say the same for his kid...

    September 2, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. Lydia Tanaka



    September 2, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. Kyle

    Dumb democrats, they want to bash our convention. So lets bash theres! Why did Obama have to use his celebrity status and have money spent for such an eleaborte stage? That money could have went to the poor. At least the GOP had fundraiseing for the hurricane. Would the DEMS have cut their convention? No way No how!

    September 2, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. War, war, war

    "No new taxes". How fast this country forgets.

    So far this convention has me convinced that McCain is stuck in the past and is only focused on war, war, war.

    A verb, a noun and POW. I'm scared.
    Obama & Biden '08 and '12 – No more war (unless it's proven necessary)

    September 2, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. Virginia Voter

    George Sr. and Barbara look good and healthy. Good to see them in good spirits.

    Still, that doesn't save the fact that McCain/Palin is the worst ticket in the history of governments.

    September 2, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  16. Helen Hahn

    I believe Sarah Palin should put her political ambitions on hold until all of her children are raised. Having had five children myself and a job the stress was great even with a very supportive husband. I do not believe she can do her best at either job at this point in her life. She is already under stress with a downs sydrome child who will need all the love he can get and a pregnant daughter who from what I'm hearing from the press maybe shouldn't marry the father of her baby.

    September 2, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Scared to go to the convention

    September 2, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  18. stay at home mom in ohio

    Unfortunately, former President Bush will get the biggest applause of the night. If McCain-Palin lose this election it will be due to the current president. For example, this morning he had a great opportunity to talk to the residents of the gulf coast and how much the federal, state and local agencies were doing to offset the castrophe of 3 years ago...but what did President Bush do? He didn't say a darn thing about the people, but turned his comments into a referendum on off-shore drilling.???? Not that there is anything wrong with getting your message across...but there is something called a time and a place....and dear Mr. President...this wasn't it!!! Get real and try to HELP Mc Cain-Palin instead of ambush them with your antics!!!

    September 2, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  19. Mike R. California

    Wishful thinking, all you liberals. Keep pumping yourselves up and trying to bring people down by reiterating naive statements over and over until you're blue in the face.

    Fact: W has extremely low approval rating, economy somewhat teetering, war in Iraq, etc., etc., etc.! Why the heck is Obama not crushing McCain? He should be but he's not.

    Be afraid.

    Sadly, women’s' activist groups are only activist for liberal minded women. So much for equality you hypocrites (you know who you are).

    For the same reason (sadly) many people will go to the polls, in the privacy afforded us as citizens of this GREAT country, and decide they just can't put an African American in office.

    Admit to yourselves that it is Obama who made the

    HUGE mistake by choosing an old school, run of the mill, pork barrel pushing, Washington Good Ol' Boy insider after he platformed himself on truly changing the way business is done.

    Also, remember that it is Obama and McCain who are the potential presidents here, not the VPs. Each of the VP prospects will more than likely serve their terms in relative obscurity like nearly every other VP before them. If the unusual takes place, likely they will have been in Washington and tasking around the globe long enough to be very familiar with what is going on.

    It's disgusting to cry and whine all these months about racism and reverse racism and all the ridiculous baloney that happened during the primaries (remember race issues and your dearly beloved Bill Clinton?), and then go on to instantly attack a person you really don't even know yet.

    You do it because it caught you and the dem chiefs off guard and you're afraid.

    Sarah Palin appears to be a person who has been quite successful at everything she has done in life thus far. You don't want to hear that because you are afraid she is, in fact, that person.

    Elen up above takes the cake for stupidity. She puts forth the argument that Sarah is a horrible mother for running for VP because it exposes her pregnant daughter to scrutiny. You're a real thinker, lady!

    I'd be willing to bet that each member of her family is overjoyed and proud for Sarah. They know her, you don't.

    September 2, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. Seam, Philly

    This convention is a snooze fest. All these old people celebrating war heroes from 60 years ago.

    September 2, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  21. Reese of NC

    I am trying to be open to both sides but this convention is boring as HELL!!!!!!!! Please RNC try to make this a little interesting.

    P.S. Nice to see a former President respected. I wish that same treamtent was granted to President Carter.

    September 2, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  22. Dready1Rasta

    These are the same people who support McCain........hummm......

    September 2, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  23. Ryan in MO

    Gimme a break. This is pathetic. This entire convention is going on and on about military service. I seriously thought there would be a little more substance than this, but, this is pitiful.

    Obama – Biden 08,12

    September 2, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  24. Michele/Oregon

    Kyle: keep asking the right questions!!!!! Why isn't the MSM reporting on these things? Who have they sold out to??? This is our country we are talking about! Come on CNN!!!!

    September 2, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  25. Sarah Palin = Phyllis Schlafley

    Superb military service to our country is fabulous, but the Republicans make it almost a necessary to be an American.

    I much prefer a strong military and a strong president who is willing to talk peace as the first step.

    Now it seems you have to have spent 5-1/2 years in Hanoi Hilton to qualify to be a man.

    September 2, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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