George H.W. Bush’s funeral is today, with leaders from across the world paying homage to the 41st President of the United States. The former Commander in Chief gave his eventful “Read my lips, no new taxes” speech at the GOP convention in New Orleans in 1988, and his former Deputy Chief of Staff, Henson Moore, says Bush held one of the last rallies of his career in Baton Rouge.
“When he was in route to Houston to vote, he stopped here in Baton Rouge. We stopped here in Baton Rouge because Louisiana was a close state for him, and indeed he did not carry it.”
Moore is a former Baton Rouge Congressman, and Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Energy.
A little over a day later, Bush lost the 92’ election to President Bill Clinton, ending his tenure after only one term. Despite a tough election, Henson says Clinton and Bush later became close friends, who worked together to raise money after Hurricane Katrina.
“He made the pivot that a gentleman and somebody who is a real leader makes when things don’t go the way you want. You simply face the new reality and deal with it with honor and dignity.”
The veteran served in WWII, as a Congressman, as the Director of the CIA, and as Vice President for Ronald Reagan.
Bush was known for his congenial demeanor and interest in working with some who didn’t always see eye to eye with the former Texas Congressman. Moore says his bipartisanship was one of his best qualities.
“That’s the way it ought to be, dignified, honorable. People on the other side belie as strongly in what they are doing as you do, and you need to keep the door open to find a way to work together.”
In 2006, Bush traveled to Cameron Parish to present local officials with a two-million dollar check to rebuild South Cameron Memorial Hospital. In May of 2001, he delivered a commencement speech to LSU graduates.
In 2006, Bush traveled to Cameron Parish to present local officials with a two-million dollar check to rebuild South Cameron Memorial Hospital.