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George H. W. Bush

Data di nascita: 12. Giugno 1924
Data di morte: 30. Novembre 2018

George Herbert Walker Bush è stato un politico e imprenditore statunitense, 41º Presidente degli Stati Uniti d'America dal 1989 al 1993 e 43º Vicepresidente degli Stati Uniti dal 1981 al 1989 sotto il presidente Ronald Reagan. Prima di candidarsi alla presidenza, ricoprì altre importanti posizioni politiche tra le file del Partito Repubblicano, fu membro della Camera dei rappresentanti e direttore della Central Intelligence Agency. È stato il più anziano ex presidente veterano della seconda guerra mondiale.

Comunemente chiamato George H. W. Bush o George Bush senior o H. W., per distinguerlo dal figlio George W. Bush, anch'egli divenuto presidente dal 2001 al 2009, aveva un altro figlio attivo in politica, Jeb, che è stato governatore della Florida dal 1999 al 2007.

Bush nacque nel Massachusetts dal senatore Prescott Bush e da Dorothy Walker Bush. Dopo l'attacco di Pearl Harbor nel 1941, il diciottenne Bush rimandò gli studi universitari e divenne uno dei più giovani aviatori nella storia della United States Navy. Rimase arruolato fino alla fine della seconda guerra mondiale, poi si iscrisse all'Università Yale. Si laureò nel 1948 e si trasferì con la famiglia nel Texas occidentale per entrare nel business del petrolio. Divenne milionario all'età di quarant'anni.

Nel 1988 ingaggiò una forte campagna per la successione di Reagan, sconfiggendo l'avversario, il democratico Michael Dukakis. Bush condusse il suo mandato presidenziale soprattutto sulla politica estera: nel 1989 cadde il Muro di Berlino e due anni dopo l'Unione Sovietica si sciolse definitivamente. Attivò operazioni a Panama e nel Golfo Persico. In politica interna, d'altro canto, non mantenne la promessa della famosa dichiarazione «read my lips: no new taxes» e per questo perse le elezioni presidenziali del novembre 1992, vinte dal democratico Bill Clinton. Wikipedia

Frasi George H. W. Bush

„Non so se gli atei dovrebbero essere considerati cittadini, né tantomeno patrioti. Questa è una nazione timorata di Dio. Sono a favore della separazione tra Chiesa e Stato. Semplicemente non vedo di buon occhio gli atei.“

—  George H. W. Bush

No, I don't know that atheists should be regarded as citizens, nor should they be regarded as patriotic. This is one nation under God. I support the separation of church and state. I'm just not very high on atheists.
Riportata dall'attivista ateo Robert I. Sherman come una frase pronunciata ad una conferenza stampa del 27 agosto 1987 all'aeroporto internazionale di Chicago-O'Hare, subito dopo aver annunciato la candidatura a presidente. L'accuratezza è stata oggetto di disputa. Quanto affermato da Sherman non è stato né confermato né contraddetto da altri giornalisti. Spesso la frase viene riportata anche come «No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots.»
Attribuite
Origine: Documents at Bush Presidential Library Prove VP Bush Questioned Citizenship and Patriotism of Atheists http://www.robsherman.com/advocacy/060401a.htm, RobSherman.com, 1° aprile 2006.
Origine: Citato in On the Barricades: Bush on Atheism, Free Inquiry, autunno 1988, vol. 8, n°. 4, p. 16, ISSN 0272-0701
Origine: Citato in Tom Tiede, Do We Want Atheist Army? http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=KltaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=yUwNAAAAIBAJ&pg=4651,702629, Waycross Journal-Herald, 22 ottobre 1990, vol. 73, n°. 250, p. 3.

„The American way of life is not up for negotiation. Period.“

—  George H. W. Bush

Stance struck at the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 https://www.economist.com/leaders/2003/02/13/a-greener-bush.
Origine: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pope-francis-latest-bridge-gap-between-religion-culture-180956737/

„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

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
Contesto: 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.

„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.“

—  George H. W. Bush

Inaugural Address (1989)
Contesto: 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.

„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

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
Contesto: 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.

„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

Inaugural Address (1989)
Contesto: 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

Contesto: 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

„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

When asked about the US system of government compared to parliamentary systems.

Contesto: 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.

„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

Inaugural Address (1989)
Contesto: 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.

„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

Inaugural Address (1989)
Contesto: 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.

„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

Inaugural Address (1989)
Contesto: 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.

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

—  George H. W. Bush

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
Contesto: 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.

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