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Friday, April 10, 2015

We went for a drive and look what we visited......

Austin, TX

We've completed our second week of work here at Decker UMC.  Today we decided to go for a drive.  Not knowing where to go Len pointed the truck east while I looked at a map.  EUREKA!  I know just the place to visit.    


So from the Austin area we drove over to College Station, TX home of Texas A&M and the


We've been to the Eisenhower Library and the Clinton Library.  By far this was our favorite.  It tells the story of George H W Bush and his wife Barbara.

Several years ago at the annual conference of Society for Human Resource Management, Barbara Bush was one of our featured speakers.  She was so down-to-earth and funny as she relayed tales of their time in the White House.   And of course she was wearing her pearls.

I've been seeing interviews this past week with an author of a recent book about the Presidential families. Her source was several past and one present personal staff who served the President and his families in their private quarters.  She relates that George and Barbara were most everyone's favorite. They would invite the staff to eat meals with them.  George would find a staff member to play horseshoes with him.   They treated them all as equals and part of the family.

While living in the White House the Bushes would go to Camp David for Christmas instead of their home in Maine.  By doing so, this allowed most of the staff and secret service to spend Christmas with their own families.

This was his Presidential limo:


The bullet proof windows are as thick as a phone book.  The tires are bullet proof.  There is a separate, backup air system in the car.

This is a picture that was taken in the Presidents oval office.    The President needed some important advice on policy and asked this gentleman to call him privately from the Presidential phone.



On display is a section of the Berlin Wall.  Look at the contrast.   On the wall facing West Berlin are written slogans and messages.


The side facing East Berlin is barren and bleak,  just like the town it faced.



A replica of the situation  room where many hard decisions were made.



There is a theater room that shows a short history of the Presidency of George H W Bush every half hour.   Well worth seeing.

Businessman, dedicated family man, Ambassador to China, Head of the CIA, Vice-President, President and generous benefactor to many charities, George H W Bush is a national treasure.


6 comments:

  1. Leonard looks pretty at home behind that desk.

    Most of the President libraries are very well done.

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  2. Hmm...never thought of touring Presidential Libraries. I'll have to think about that now.

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  3. Nice job Len. You have seen some great TX president memories

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  4. Well done. We enjoyed that place as well. I thought it was interesting how the Bushes spent Christmas giving their staff time off.

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  5. Fascinating place, will have to put it on our list too. We went wine tasting in that area of College Station one year with George's brother. Pretty area.

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