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Charlotte Talks: Remembering George H.W. Bush

George HW Bush
Department of Defense

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018

As the country honors former President George H.W. Bush, Mike Collins gathers reflections on a life of leadership and devotion to a country the 41st president imagined as kinder and gentler.

A rare state funeral will be held Wednesday for former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94.

The 41st president is being remembered as a transitional leader in American history, taking office as the Cold War era came to a close.

The bipartisan tributes to Bush also reflect how the country’s politics have changed since Mr. Bush’s re-election defeat a generation ago. A case in point is the friendship between Mr. Bush and former President Bill Clinton, the man who defeated him.

Local political analysts assess the presidency of the war hero, diplomat and Commander in Chief.


Susan Roberts, Davidson College, professor of political science (@profsuroberts)

Gibbs Knotts, College of Charleston, Department of Political Science chair; co-author of The Resilience of Southern Identity: Why the South Still Matters in the Minds of its People (@GibbsKnotts)

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