George H.W. and Barbara Bush are the Grandpa and Grandma of current American politics.
And, don't think we mean that as an insult.
The former 41st President and First lady -- both now in their late 80s -- have been witness to world and American politics for the last 65 years. Whether it was fighting in World War II; representing Texas in Congress during the '60s; serving as envoy to China; heading up the CIA; or being a fixture in the White House for 12 years; these two are the original power couple.
The best part is that everybody pretty much loves them. Could it have something to do with the fact that they're so freakin' adorable?
Recently, the couple gave an in-depth interview to Parade. Here are a few highlights:
- George spends most of his days now in a Lazy-Boy, watching TV. Not because he's lazy, but because of his health. He has vascular Parkinsonism, which says "... Just affects the legs. It's not painful. You tell your legs to move and they just don't move."
- Barbara thinks George's chair is ugly and calls it a "disaster." She also admits that she'll "gripe at George about his chair."
- Barbara doesn't think politicos today compromise like when she and George were in Washington. Back then, she explains, "politics stopped at the border" and "they listened to each other" -- unlike now.
- They weren't expecting Ronald Reagan to ask George to be his VP. The two had been in a fierce competition for the nomination at the 1980 Republican National Convention. To hear George tell it, the family was packing to head home, "And Jeb—was it Jeb?—said, 'It's not fair, Dad.' I said, 'What do you mean, it's not fair? Of course it's fair. We lost and we have no reason to feel entitled to something.' I remember the conversation well. And then the phone rings and it's Reagan saying, 'I'd like you to be on the ticket here.'"
- They [heart] Bill Clinton. It seems that the couple has gotten to know the 42nd president and think the world of him. "I was surprised by the fact that I liked him," says Barbara. She also let's slip just how close Bill and George have gotten over the past few years, explaining: "I think he thinks of George as the father he never had."
- George's proudest moment in public service was Liberation of Kuwait during the Golf War, but he and Barbara say they're greatest legacy is their 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Like we said, they're freakin' adorable!
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