George Herbert Walker Bush * 1989 - 1993
George Herbert Walker Bush (1924- )
Term in Office: 1989-1993
The presidential election of 1988 saw Republicans George Herbert Walker Bush and J. Danforth Quayle (1947- ), his vice-presidential running mate, defeat the Democratic Party's Presidential nominee, Michael S. Dukakis (1933- ), the Governor of Massachusetts, and his Vice-Presidential running-mate, Lloyd Bentsen (1921-2006), a United States Senator from Texas.
George H. Bush was the son of a United States Senator. Enlisting in at 18 years of age, he became the youngest pilot in the Navy and went on to fly 58 combat missions during World War II. Bush went on to serve in the United States House of Representatives, as well as Ambassador to the United Nations, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency prior to his election as President.
There were several major international events during Bush's four years in office. These included the end of the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the tearing down of the Berlin Wall (which had been erected in 1961). When Iraq invaded Kuwait and threatened the region, President George H. Bush made the case for a force of over 500,000 American, allied and United Nation troops which quickly and successfully overcame Iraq's army in a battle that came to be known as Desert Storm.
Despite this success and the immediate popularity which resulted, Bush lost his re-election bid to Bill Clinton. At the 1988 Republican Convention, he had made the statement, "Read my lips, no new taxes." During his administration President Bush found a tax increase necessary, and thus lost the support of many conservative voters. This, along with a weak economy and the entry of a popular H. Ross Perot as an Independent candidate in the 1992 election who most likely diverted votes from the Republican candidate, are seen as the primary reasons.
Along with the Bush/Quayle buttons depicted on this page are several from the Dukakis/Bentsen in 1988, and Clinton/Gore in 1992 campaigns. The "NEA" buttons are sponsored by the National Education Association in support of the Democratic candidates. Note the Perot button in the corner. A button with his photograph is located in our Third Party Chapter.
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