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Remembering George H.W. Bush

  • George H. W. Bush
    Herbert Abrams
    official portrait
    This painting by Herbert E. Abrams is President George H. W. Bush's official portrait. He served as president from January 20, 1989 until January 20, 1993. Prior to being elected president, Bush served as a naval aviator during World War II, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and was appointed as United States Ambassador to the United Nations and as the envoy to China. Additionally, he was the director of the Central Intelligence Agency and President Ronald Reagan's vice president. This portrait was officially unveiled at the White House on July 17, 1995.
  • President George H. W. Bush Signs Civil Rights Bill in the Rose Garden
    Unknown
    bill signing
    Rose Garden
    In this photograph taken November 11, 1991, President George H. W. Bush signs the Civil Rights Act of 1991 in the Rose Garden. The act bolstered preexisting federal regulations and allowed for monetary compensation with caps based on the size of the organization for intentional employment discrimination.
  • President and Mrs. Bush Dance at their Inaugural Ball
    Unknown
    inauguration
    In this photograph taken on January 20, 1989, President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush dance one of their eleven inaugural balls.
  • The Reagans Greet the Bushes and the Quayles at the White House
    Unknown
    inauguration
    In this photograph taken in 1989, outgoing President Ronald Reagan and his wife, First Lady Nancy Reagan pose with President-elect George H. W. Bush and his wife, First Lady Barbara Bush along with Vice President-elect Dan Quayle and his wife, Marilyn Quayle at the North Portico of the White House.
  • President George Bush Signs the Americans with Disabilities Act
    Joyce C. Naltchayan
    bill signing
    Rose Garden
    In this photograph taken on July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signs the Americans with the Disabilities Act during a ceremony in the Rose Garden. Sitting beside him from left to right are Evan Kemp, Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Justin Dart, Chairman of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. Standing behind him from left to right are Reverend Harold Wilke and Swift Parrino, Chairperson, National Council on Disability.
  • President Bush Announces General Colin Powell to be Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff
    Unknown
    military
    Head of State
    In this photograph, President George Bush announces General Colin Powell's appointment as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Rose Garden on August 10, 1989. Powell was the first African American to hold the military's highest ranking post. Vice President Dan Quayle is also seen in the background during this historic occasion.
  • President Bush, Millie, and Puppies on the South Lawn of the White House
    Michael Sargent
    South Lawn
    pets
    This photograph by Michael Sargent shows President George H. W. Bush walking across the South Lawn with dog Millie and her puppies.
  • George and Barbara Bush Dance to the Music of the U.S. Marine Band
    Unknown
    State Dinner
    Grand Foyer
    This photograph shows President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush dancing in the Grand Foyer to music played by the U.S. Marine Band after the State Dinner hosted in honor of President Abdou Diouf of Senegal on September 10, 1991.
  • George Bush and Colin Powell Receive Status Reports on the War with Iraq
    David Valdez
    Oval Office
    staff
    military
    This photograph by David Valdez shows President George H. W. Bush and General Colin Powell in the Oval Office receiving a report on the status on the war with Iraq from United Kingdom Prime Minister John Major. Chief of Staff John Sununu, Deputy National Security Advisor Robert Gates, and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney are also present.
  • George and Barbara Bush Pose with the U. S. Marine Band in the East Room
    Unknown
    military
    U.S. Marine Band
    East Room
    This photograph shows President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush standing with the U.S. Marine Band in the East Room. The room is decorated for the holidays.
  • Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine Perform at the White House for the Bushes
    Unknown
    East Room
    entertainment
    This photograph shows President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush watching Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine performing in the East Room. Estefan is a Cuban-born singer and songwriter who has won multiple awards including Grammys and an American Music Awards Lifetime Achievement honor. She was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 by President Barack Obama.
  • President Bush and Marvin Bush at the White House Horseshoe Pit
    Unknown
    First Family
    South Lawn
    This photograph shows President George H. W. Bush and his son Marvin playing horseshoes.
  • President Bush and Queen Elizabeth at Rose Garden Event
    Joseph H. Bailey
    State Visit
    Head of State
    Rose Garden
    This photograph by Joseph H. Bailey shows President George H. W. Bush exchanging gifts with Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in a Rose Garden ceremony.
  • President Bush Talks to Marshall in the Oval Office
    David Valdez
    First Family
    Oval Office
    This photograph by David Valdez shows President Bush with his granddaughter Marshall Walker in the Oval Office.
  • George Bush with Granddaughters Ellie LeBland & Marshall Bush
    Unknown
    First Family
    West Garden Room
    This photograph shows President George H. W. Bush sitting in the West Garden Room with his granddaughters Ellie LeBland and Marshall Bush.
  • George and Barbara Bush Stand in Front of the Blue Room Christmas Tree
    David Valdez
    Blue Room
    Christmas
    holidays
    This photograph by David Valdez shows President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush standing in front of the Blue Room Christmas tree.
  • George Bush with Millie and Ranger at Camp David
    Unknown
    Camp David
    pets
    This photograph shows President Bush taking a walk with dogs Millie and Ranger at Camp David.
  • President and Barbara Bush Pose with an Oval Office Christmas Tree
    Unknown
    Oval Office
    Christmas
    holidays
    This photograph shows President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush admiring the Oval Office Christmas Tree.
  • George H. W. Bush
    David Valdez
    portrait
    This photograph of President George H. W. Bush was taken by David Valdez.
  • President and Mrs. Bush Host a Dessert and Movie Party
    Unknown
    First Family
    Family Theater
    This photograph shows President Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush hosting a screening in the White House movie theater. Mrs. Bush is sharing a seat with her grandson Jebbie Bush.
  • Official Portrait Photograph of President Reagan and Vice President Bush
    Michael Evans
    West Colonnade
    West Wing
    This portrait photograph of President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. W. Bush was taken on July 16, 1981 along the West Colonnade.
  • Queen Elizabeth II and President Bush Plant Little-Leaf Linden
    Unknown
    ceremony
    South Grounds
    This photograph captures Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain as she and President George H. W. Bush plant a little-leaf linden tree on the South Lawn of the White House Grounds in May 1991. Queen Elizabeth visited the White House as part of an official State Visit. She planted the tree to replace the one her father, King George VI, planted in 1937 that was lost due to a storm in September 1990. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth's husband, and First Lady Barbara Bush observe the ceremony from afar.
  • President and Mrs. Bush Enjoy the Cherry Blossoms
    Unknown
    Cherry Blossom Festival
    flowers
    This photograph is of President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush enjoying the cherry blossoms planted along the Tidal Basin on April 8, 1992. Since 1912, the blooming cherry blossoms have signaled the arrival of springtime in Washington D.C. First Lady Helen Taft was responsible for the planting of the 3,020 Japanese cherry blossom trees along the Tidal Basin and grounds of the U.S. Capitol. Many first ladies have continued to take an active role in the cherry blossom celebrations and in recent years have served as honorary chairs of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.
  • President George H. W. Bush Pardons a Turkey
    Unknown
    Thanksgiving
    holidays
    In this photograph, President George H. W. Bush laughs during the turkey pardoning ceremony while his grandson, Sam LeBlond, gets caught in the shot. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays since the 1870s. The origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered a clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. However, the pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the Ronald Reagan administration.