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George H. W. Bush

Data de nascimento: 12. Junho 1924

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George Herbert Walker Bush é um político estadunidense, tendo sido o 41º Presidente dos Estados Unidos . Filiado ao Partido Republicano, já havia anteriormente sido o 43º Vice-presidente dos Estados Unidos , membro do Congresso, embaixador, diretor da CIA, e atualmente é o mais velho ex-presidente vivo.

Bush nasceu no estado de Massachusetts, filho do senador Prescott Bush e de Dorothy Walker Bush. Após o ataque a Pearl Harbor em 1941, Bush adiou sua ida para a faculdade, alistou-se na Marinha no seu aniversário de 18 anos, e tornou-se o mais novo piloto da Marinha até aquele momento. Serviu até o fim da guerra, ingressando, em seguida, na Universidade Yale. Graduando-se em 1948, mudou-se com sua família para o Texas, entrando para indústria do petróleo, e tornando-se milionário com cerca de 40 anos de idade.

Entrou para a política logo após fundar sua própria empresa petrolífera, servindo como membro da Câmara dos Representantes, entre outros cargos. Concorreu sem sucesso para a candidatura a Presidente dos Estados Unidos em 1980, porém foi escolhido por Ronald Reagan a ser candidato a Vice-presidente; os dois foram eleitos nesse pleito. Durante seu mandato, Bush chefiou forças-tarefas da administração Reagan envolvidas na "Guerra contra as drogas".

Em 1988, Bush candidatou-se à presidência, na tentativa de suceder Ronald Reagan, e derrotou o candidato democrata Michael Dukakis. A política externa foi o que mais marcou sua presidência; operações militares foram conduzidas no Panamá e no Golfo Pérsico em um período de mudança no panorama político mundial; o Muro de Berlim foi derrubado em 1989 e a União Soviética dissolveu-se dois anos mais tarde. Na política interna, Bush descumpriu uma promessa de campanha e, depois de travar uma luta contra o Congresso, autorizou um aumento de impostos que o Congresso havia passado. Em meio a tantos problemas econômicos, foi derrotado em uma tentativa de reeleição em 1992 pelo candidato democrata Bill Clinton.

Bush é o pai de George W. Bush, 43º Presidente dos Estados Unidos, e de Jeb Bush, ex-governador da Flórida. Até a eleição de seu filho George W. Bush para presidente em 2000, Bush era usualmente referido simplesmente como "George Bush"; desde então, os nomes "George H. W. Bush", "Bush 41", "Bush o Velho", "Bush Pai", e "George Bush, Sr." tornaram-se comuns como um meio de distinguir o pai do filho.

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„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.“

— 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.

„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

„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.

„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. YouTube clip News conference (22 March 1990) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIKmp-Ualzg

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„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. 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. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=16628&st

„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.

„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.

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„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 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.

„We love your adherence to democratic principles and to the democratic process.“

— George H. W. Bush
Toasting Ferdinand Marcos in 1981, as quoted in "A Test for Democracy" by George Russell, Time magazine (3 February 1986); also quoted in "Understanding Some Aspects of Philippine-U.S. Relations in this Season of Peace and Goodwill" http://www.yonip.com/main/articles/understanding_some_aspects_of_ph.html (28 November 2002) by Jovito R. Salonga

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