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    Default RIP George Bush Snr

    George Bush Snr - the ex President of America passed away at the weekend aged 94 years old

    Though George Jumior was controversial as Preseident I had forgot ghow great George Snr was as President (or more-ever I was too young to recall George Senior's very short stint as President - though I recall bits of it)

    It was often said by many people I know, that Georege Snr far outweighed George Jnr as President (which is right I think as the elder George even managed to mellow Maggie Thatcher - which was some feat)

    Though gven George Bush Snr's role under, who I felt was the Greatest American President ever in Ronald Regan goes far to explaining George Senior's popularity i would say

    RIP George Bush Senior

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    Yes, never a fan of the GOP (especially the orange one who cannot be named!!! ) but many people, better informed than I, admired George Senior's skills.

    George Junior, well...
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    Coming after the very charismatic and largely popular Ronald Reagan, I thought that Bush was in his shadow a bit. He really had an uphill job to win a second term as president. Three terms (2 Reagan, 1 Bush) was unusual, getting 4 straight Republican terms would be very difficult, especially when he was up against the youthful and appealing Clinton. There is also the infamous "Read my lips. No new taxes" quote which dogged him and was a stick with which his opponents could beat him.

    There was a plot to kill Bush after the Gulf War and Clinton ordered a cruise missile strike as a punishment. Actually, after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, Bush was unsure whether to liberate the country. It is said that Margaret Thatcher stiffened his resolve to drive Saddam's forces from Kuwait.

    Coming between Reagan and Clinton, both 2-term presidents and very media-savvy, Bush's contributions are sometimes overlooked, and I believe he was the last president to have served in WW2.

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    Bush senior did represent Reagan's "third term" if you know what I mean - but I think that he only served one term because Clinton looked modern and fresh for the 1990s. Almost too fresh when you think about it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    Bush senior did represent Reagan's "third term" if you know what I mean - but I think that he only served one term because Clinton looked modern and fresh for the 1990s. Almost too fresh when you think about it...
    I've heard Bush Sr's time as president called that before.

    While he managed to handle important situations like the end of the Cold War & The invasion & liberation of Kuwait well, there were many that didn't go so smoothly.

    Certainly by his last year in power he was looking out of touch & Dan Quayle's frequent gaffes were becoming an embarrassment.

    Bill Clinton ran a very effective campaign, advertising on MTV & targeting areas of the electorate previously untapped.
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    Bush's defeat was celebrated by REM in their single Drive - "Smack, crack, Bush whacked"
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