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Former IL Gov, Historian And White House Correspondent Remember George H.W. Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush ― 41st President of the United States of America ― died Friday night at his home in Houston. He was 94.

Bush was a New England blueblood turned Texas oil man who immersed himself in Republican politics in the 1960s, setting off an ascent through the ranks that took him all the way to the Oval Office.

A war veteran, Bush was also a two-term Congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, liaison to China, CIA director, two-term vice president under Ronald Reagan, and finally president, a job he was said to relish.  

He was also the patriarch of a political dynasty. His son George W. Bush served two terms as president, his son Jeb two terms as governor of Florida.

Morning Shift talks about the life and legacy of President George H.W. Bush with a presidential historian and a local politician who knew him well, both as his campaign chief in Illinois for his failed presidential re-election bid and later as a friend of the Bush family.

GUESTS: Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar, a Republican who led the state from 1991 to 1999

Michael Beschloss, presidential historian, author of nine books, including his most recent out this fall Presidents At War

Ellen Warren, former Chicago Tribune White House correspondent who covered President George H.W. Bush




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