George HW Bush
Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share
3 December 2018
George HW Bush, the kind of public servant we don’t have anymore
It’s dangerous for a brand guy like me to wade into political waters. What I say can be interpreted as the way I feel politically, instead of how I see things through an objective brand lens. But I’m going to dip into those waters when discussing George HW Bush, the forty-first President.
I can say with certainty that George HW Bush spent a life well-lived. In addition to serving as a President, he fought in WWII. He was an ambassador to the United Nations. The 94-year-old, who died over the weekend, also served as a special envoy to China and director of the CIA in addition to being the VP to Reagan.
His was a life dedicated to public service. Whether we disagreed with his politics, we can honor his service and thank him for it. Even old rivals loved him. Bill Clinton, who defeated the one-term president in 1992, became a close member of his family.
Hell, Barack Obama visited George HW Bush in Houston just last week.
Where’s that humanness in the Oval Office today?
“I could go on listing his accomplishments. I could also list the actions he took with which I disagreed. But that’s not the point. He may be the last of the lifelong public servants who actually served the public. Not just themselves.”
Today’s President is no George HW Bush
We seem so far away from the days when Reagan and Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill shared a drink or two, working out details of some forthcoming policy.
That was a time when I believed there wasn’t a great deal of difference between Republicans and Democrats. Oh sure, there were policy disagreements. But lifelong public servants like George HW Bush, LBJ and many others made government work. And, the longer they were in office, the more they drifted to the middle where they all met.
Those days are gone. I’ve never seen our country so split in my lifetime, even during the Nixon years. Fanning the fires of anger has become a daily occurrence. We have a President today who only cares about himself, caring nothing about other people. Everything is filtered through the lens of his ego, which is why he has lied more than 5,000 times since taking office and enacts policies that hurt those who voted for him.
George Herbert Walker Bush was not that kind of national leader. He believed in good manners, diplomacy and doing the right thing. (Even if you disagreed with it.) He helped engineer the end of the Cold War and the nuclear threat, while encouraging the liberation of Eastern Europe.
I could go on listing his accomplishments. I could also list the actions he took with which I disagreed. But that’s not the point. He may be the last of the lifelong public servants who actually served the public. Not just themselves.
RIP, George HW Bush.
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