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George H. W. Bush

Fecha de nacimiento: 12. Junio 1924

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George Herbert Walker Bush es un político estadounidense que fue el cuadragésimo primer Presidente de los Estados Unidos entre 1989 y 1993. Previamente fue el cuadragésimo tercer Vicepresidente de los Estados Unidos entre 1981 y 1989, y también fue un congresista, embajador, y Director de la Agencia Central de Inteligencia; actualmente es el expresidente de los Estados Unidos vivo de mayor edad.

Bush nació en Milton, siendo sus padres Prescott Bush y Dorothy Walker Bush. Tras el ataque de Pearl Harbor en 1941, Bush pospuso el ir a la universidad, se alistó en la Armada de los Estados Unidos en su 18º cumpleaños y se convirtió en el aviador naval más joven de la Armada. Sirvió en la Armada hasta que la guerra terminó, y entonces fue a la Universidad de Yale. Graduándose en 1948, se mudó con su familia al oeste de Texas y entró en la industria petrolera, convirtiéndose en millonario a la edad de 40 años.

Se empezó a involucrar en la política poco después de fundar su propia compañía de petróleo, siendo miembro de la Cámara de Representantes, entre otras posiciones. Se postuló sin éxito a la presidencia de los Estados Unidos en las elecciones de 1980, aunque fue elegido por Ronald Reagan para ser el candidato a la vicepresidencia de los Estados Unidos, y ambos fueron elegidos como presidente y vicepresidente, respectivamente. Durante su mandato, Bush encabezó las fuerzas de la administración en la lucha contra la drogas.

En las elecciones presidenciales de Estados Unidos de 1988, Bush lanzó una campaña exitosa para suceder a Reagan como presidente, derrotando a su oponente demócrata, Michael Dukakis. La política internacional fue uno de los principales pilares durante la presidencia de Bush; las operaciones militares fueron llevadas a cabo en Panamá y en la golfo persa mientras el mundo estaba cambiando; el Muro de Berlín cayó en 1989 y la Unión Soviética se disolvió dos años después. En el plano interno, Bush incumplió una de sus promesas, concretamente, la de no crear nuevos tipos de impuestos y tras una lucha con el Congreso, firmó un aumento de los impuestos que finalmente aprobó el Congreso. A raíz de las preocupaciones económicas, perdió las elecciones de 1992 contra Bill Clinton.

Bush es el padre de George W. Bush, el 43.º Presidente de los Estados Unidos, y Jeb Bush, antiguo Gobernador de Florida. Es el último presidente veterano de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Hasta la elección de su hijo George W. Bush como presidente en el año 2000, Bush era comúnmente referido simplemente como «George Bush»; y desde ese año, las formas «George H. W. Bush», «Bush 41», «Bush el Anciano», y «George Bush, Sr.» han sido usadas comúnmente para distinguir al padre del hijo, llamándolo coloquialmente «Bush padre».

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Frases George H. W. Bush

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„I do not mistrust the future; I do not fear what is ahead. For our problems are large, but our heart is larger. Our challenges are great, but our will is greater. And if our flaws are endless, God's love is truly boundless.“

— George H. W. Bush
Context: I do not mistrust the future; I do not fear what is ahead. For our problems are large, but our heart is larger. Our challenges are great, but our will is greater. And if our flaws are endless, God's love is truly boundless. Some see leadership as high drama, and the sound of trumpets calling, and sometimes it is that. But I see history as a book with many pages, and each day we fill a page with acts of hopefulness and meaning. The new breeze blows, a page turns, the story unfolds. And so today a chapter begins, a small and stately story of unity, diversity, and generosity — shared, and written, together.

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„I have just repeated word for word the oath taken by George Washington 200 years ago, and the Bible on which I placed my hand is the Bible on which he placed his.“

— George H. W. Bush
Context: I have just repeated word for word the oath taken by George Washington 200 years ago, and the Bible on which I placed my hand is the Bible on which he placed his. It is right that the memory of Washington be with us today, not only because this is our Bicentennial Inauguration, but because Washington remains the Father of our Country. And he would, I think, be gladdened by this day; for today is the concrete expression of a stunning fact: our continuity these 200 years since our government began. We meet on democracy's front porch, a good place to talk as neighbors and as friends. For this is a day when our nation is made whole, when our differences, for a moment, are suspended.

„To all who mourn a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a friend — I can only offer you the gratitude of a nation, for your loved one served his country with distinction and honor."“

— George H. W. Bush
Context: To all who mourn a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a friend — I can only offer you the gratitude of a nation, for your loved one served his country with distinction and honor." … "Your men are under a different command now, one that knows no rank, only love; knows no danger, only peace, May God bless them all. At a memorial in Norfolk Virginia for the 47 crew members killed in an explosion aboard the battleship USS Iowa (BB-61). - "Bush Fights Tears at Memorial", By Susan Page. Newsday Washington Bureau. Newsday. Long Island, N.Y.: April 25, 1989. pg. 04

„I do not like broccoli and I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.“

— George H. W. Bush
Context: I do not like broccoli and I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli. Now look, this is the last statement I’m going to have on broccoli. There are truckloads of broccoli at this very minute descending on Washington. My family is divided. For the broccoli vote out there: Barbara loves broccoli. She has tried to make me eat it. She eats it all the time herself. So she can go out and meet the caravan of broccoli that’s coming in. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIKmp-Ualzg YouTube clip News conference (22 March 1990)]

„A new breeze is blowing, and a nation refreshed by freedom stands ready to push on. There is new ground to be broken, and new action to be taken. There are times when the future seems thick as a fog; you sit and wait, hoping the mists will lift and reveal the right path. But this is a time when the future seems a door you can walk right through into a room called tomorrow.“

— George H. W. Bush
Context: I come before you and assume the Presidency at a moment rich with promise. We live in a peaceful, prosperous time, but we can make it better. For a new breeze is blowing, and a world refreshed by freedom seems reborn; for in man's heart, if not in fact, the day of the dictator is over. The totalitarian era is passing, its old ideas blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree. A new breeze is blowing, and a nation refreshed by freedom stands ready to push on. There is new ground to be broken, and new action to be taken. There are times when the future seems thick as a fog; you sit and wait, hoping the mists will lift and reveal the right path. But this is a time when the future seems a door you can walk right through into a room called tomorrow. Great nations of the world are moving toward democracy through the door to freedom. Men and women of the world move toward free markets through the door to prosperity. The people of the world agitate for free expression and free thought through the door to the moral and intellectual satisfactions that only liberty allows. We know what works: Freedom works. We know what's right: Freedom is right. We know how to secure a more just and prosperous life for man on Earth: through free markets, free speech, free elections, and the exercise of free will unhampered by the state.

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„I count my blessings for the fact I don't have to go into that pit that John Major stands in, nose-to-nose with the opposition, all yelling at each other.“

— George H. W. Bush
Context: I think it's good, stable system. And, you know, dealer's choice. Let them choose what they want for their system, I'm not going to criticize the British or the Australians or anybody else. But, we've got a stable system, in the sense of presidential leadership, continuity, and I wouldn't trade it at all. And besides that, I count my blessings for the fact I don't have to go into that pit that John Major stands in, nose-to-nose with the opposition, all yelling at each other. He and I have talked about that, incidentally. I think he does very, very well. But I think that's for him, not for me. When asked about the US system of government compared to parliamentary systems.

„It is possible to tell things by a handshake.“

— George H. W. Bush
Context: It is possible to tell things by a handshake. I like the "looking in the eye" syndrome. It conveys interest. I like the firm, though not bone crushing shake. The bone crusher is trying too hard to "macho it.: The clammy or diffident handshake — fairly or unfairly — get me off to a bad start with a person. Letter to Gary Hanauser (18 September 1979), as quoted in All the Best, George Bush : My Life in Letters and Other Writings (2000), p. 282

„I come before you and assume the Presidency at a moment rich with promise. We live in a peaceful, prosperous time, but we can make it better.“

— George H. W. Bush
Context: I come before you and assume the Presidency at a moment rich with promise. We live in a peaceful, prosperous time, but we can make it better. For a new breeze is blowing, and a world refreshed by freedom seems reborn; for in man's heart, if not in fact, the day of the dictator is over. The totalitarian era is passing, its old ideas blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree. A new breeze is blowing, and a nation refreshed by freedom stands ready to push on. There is new ground to be broken, and new action to be taken. There are times when the future seems thick as a fog; you sit and wait, hoping the mists will lift and reveal the right path. But this is a time when the future seems a door you can walk right through into a room called tomorrow. Great nations of the world are moving toward democracy through the door to freedom. Men and women of the world move toward free markets through the door to prosperity. The people of the world agitate for free expression and free thought through the door to the moral and intellectual satisfactions that only liberty allows. We know what works: Freedom works. We know what's right: Freedom is right. We know how to secure a more just and prosperous life for man on Earth: through free markets, free speech, free elections, and the exercise of free will unhampered by the state.

„The Government is here to serve, but it cannot replace individual service. And shouldn't all of us who are public servants also set an example of service as private citizens?“

— George H. W. Bush
Context: The Government is here to serve, but it cannot replace individual service. And shouldn't all of us who are public servants also set an example of service as private citizens? So, I want to ask all of you, and all the appointees in this administration, to do what so many of you already do: to reach out and lend a hand. Ours should be a nation characterized by conspicuous compassion, generosity that is overflowing and abundant. [http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=16628&st George Bush: "Remarks to Members of the Senior Executive Service," January 26, 1989. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.]

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