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Why the Bush Family Always Spent Christmas Day at Camp David

 

George H.W. Bush (and his son) came from old money. HW’s Mother, Dorothy Walker, stressed to him the need to be humble and to think of others.

When the President is on the road, their Secret Service detail travel with him. So that Secret Service members could spend time with their own families on Christmas Day, HW, and then W stayed at Camp David on Christmas Day. They would not leave for Texas until after Christmas Day.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

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There are 18 comments.

  1. Thatcher

    Indeed not, Gary…Thanks!

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    • December 1, 2018 at 10:16 pm
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  2. Reagan
    Gary Robbins Post author

    Another story about HW. He married the first girl he ever kissed, and the same was true of her. I don’t think that that is true of most Presidents or First Ladies.

    Of course, his 73 year marriage to Barbara is, by far, the longest of any President.

    • #2
    • December 1, 2018 at 10:21 pm
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  3. Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Another story about HW. He married the first girl he ever kissed, and the same was true of her. 

    She also married the first girl she ever kissed? Apparently Republicans aren’t as uptight as they are made out to be.😜

    (P.S. Just kidding , Gary, but I couldn’t resist. Thanks for the nice story.🙂)

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    • December 2, 2018 at 3:39 am
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  4. Member

    We Shall not see his like again, I’m afraid.

    Thanks for the stories, Gary!

    • #4
    • December 2, 2018 at 4:55 am
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  5. Reagan
    Gary Robbins Post author

    George Townsend (View Comment):

    We Shall not see his like again, I’m afraid.

    Thanks for the stories, Gary!

    My sister married the first man she ever kissed. They have been married 35 years and have 4 incredible children.

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    • December 2, 2018 at 5:59 am
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  6. Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    George Townsend (View Comment):

    We Shall not see his like again, I’m afraid.

    Thanks for the stories, Gary!

    My sister married the first man she ever kissed. They have been married 35 years and have 4 incredible children.

    I kissed a few others before I met Mrs. OS but, even so, we’ve been married for 50+ years now, so that might not be the main requirement.

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    • December 2, 2018 at 6:13 am
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  7. Member

    OkieSailor (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    George Townsend (View Comment):

    We Shall not see his like again, I’m afraid.

    Thanks for the stories, Gary!

    My sister married the first man she ever kissed. They have been married 35 years and have 4 incredible children.

    I kissed a few others before I met Mrs. OS but, even so, we’ve been married for 50+ years now, so that might not be the main requirement.

    Congratulations to both families. that’s great. Unfortunately, I have no such memories to look back on. But I delight in seeing others look back to their happy times.

    On a related note, I just finished watching “A Bush Family Album”, which aired last night on Fox, with Brit Hume doing the hosting honors. It was great to see how close that family is, with all the memories they have to look back on. 

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    • December 2, 2018 at 6:31 am
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  8. Member

    Thanks, Gary, both Presidents Bush were some of the classiest people ever in politics.

    • #8
    • December 2, 2018 at 10:27 am
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  9. Thatcher
    EB

    Contrast this with Obama’s practice of going to Hawaii every single Christmas of his presidency. Some of those Christmas trips lasted over two weeks.

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    • December 3, 2018 at 5:27 am
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  10. Member

    Not to take anything from HW, but it seems that I remember Reagan also made an effort stay in Washington DC area to allow the secret service staff remain home for the holidays. 

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    • December 3, 2018 at 1:31 pm
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  11. Member

    I remember people pointing out that W stayed in town for Christmas, for the reason given, but didn’t realize that his father had done so as well.

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    • December 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm
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  12. Reagan
    Gary Robbins Post author

    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    I remember people pointing out that W stayed in town for Christmas, for the reason given, but didn’t realize that his father had done so as well.

    W got it from his Father.

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    • December 3, 2018 at 3:57 pm
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  13. Thatcher

    I had heard that, always thought it was so considerate. But they get SS protection for the rest of their lives; did they have to keep doing that til the end? (Maybe they could invite the agents’ families to come along if they want to go to Hawaii or wherever?)

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    • December 3, 2018 at 4:54 pm
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  14. Reagan
    Gary Robbins Post author

    Bruce Caward (View Comment):

    I had heard that, always thought it was so considerate. But they get SS protection for the rest of their lives; did they have to keep doing that til the end? (Maybe they could invite the agents’ families to come along if they want to go to Hawaii or wherever?)

    I bet the agents going up to Kennebunkport during the summer!

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    • December 3, 2018 at 5:17 pm
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  15. Thatcher

    At least in Mr. Reagan’s instance, they stayed on as support staff/familiar faces after he retired from public life…As well, some former presidents pay the expense themselves.

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    • December 3, 2018 at 6:24 pm
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  16. Coolidge

    Bruce Caward (View Comment):

    I had heard that, always thought it was so considerate. But they get SS protection for the rest of their lives; did they have to keep doing that til the end? (Maybe they could invite the agents’ families to come along if they want to go to Hawaii or wherever?)

    Remember that the primary job of the Secret Service is not Presidential protection.

    Until recently they were under the Treasury department & most of their work is fraud & currency crime investigation.

    They have offices & staff in every state, so a forner President moving away from Washington DC could be assigned local staff who would be interested in changing their job. Likewise, when a President visits another state the local staff augments the traveling staff. Everyone is trained similarly so people can move from job role to job role.

    So ultimately a retired President wouldn’t need to force DC personnel to relocate.

    Of course when the previous occupants of the White House announce they are moving to Cuba I’m not sure how that will be handled….

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    • December 3, 2018 at 9:45 pm
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  17. Member

    I recall 1992 when the Clinton campaign tried to start a rumor of an affair by then Pres. Bush. It fell flat quickly.

     

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    • December 4, 2018 at 1:23 pm
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  18. Member

    Bill Nelson (View Comment):

    I recall 1992 when the Clinton campaign tried to start a rumor of an affair by then Pres. Bush. It fell flat quickly.

     

    I didn’t know that. That’s terrible.

    I do remember when Bush was running against Dukakis, in ’88. Dukakis said something terrible about Bush when he went down in the war. I honestly don’t remember what it was, but it made light of George Bush’s efforts in the war. No one said anything about it. 

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    • December 4, 2018 at 1:31 pm
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