George W Bush

Oregon Christmas Trees, Hatch’s Bacon and Tributes to Bush That Made Us Smile: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Dec. 3, 2018

“He placed great value on a good joke,” former President George W. Bush said of his father, former President George H.W. Bush, whose state funeral was held at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday. The younger Bush and former Sen. Alan Simpson gave heartfelt tributes filled with zingers about the 41st president's life.

And Speaker Paul D. Ryan entertained musings at the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree about the pronunciation of the word Oregon, where this year's fir is from.

Bush 41, Awkward Moments and Tumultuous Tariffs: Today in Washington 
Your guide to the news of the day 

Watch: Jon Meacham Remembers George H.W. Bush
 

Bush, Obama Eulogize Former Political Rival and Friend, John McCain
 

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, both of whom faced Sen. John McCain in bids for the White House, paid tribute on Saturday to the late senator at his National Cathedral memorial service. McCain will be laid to rest on Sunday at the Naval Academy in Maryland.

Will Trump’s Goal to Reorganize the Government Get Anywhere? Look to Congress
Roll Call Decoder with David Hawkings, wonky explainers from a Capitol Hill expert

President Donald Trump has some bold ambitions for restructuring the federal government. Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings looks back at how Trump’s reorganization plans compare to his predecessors’, who may or may not have had a willing partner in Congress.

Below is a transcript of the video.

Lieberman and Kyl Contribute to New Political Journal

Lieberman and Kyl are featured in the first edition of The Catalyst (Roll Call File Photo)

The George W. Bush Institute is launching a new medium for politicians to get involved.  

Former Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., are contributing writers in the inaugural edition of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute, which will be compiled of essays surrounding a new theme in every edition. The first edition’s topic is leadership and Kyl and Lieberman’s piece is on American internationalism.  

How to Get a Good Seat at the State of the Union

Let us sit. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ever wonder about the seating arrangements at the State of the Union? Not only does a good seat provide a better listening experience, but prime real estate increases the chances of a handshake or peck on the cheek from President Barack Obama and face time on live television. HOH surveyed some of the best position players as well as institutional rules to present the best options for securing a primo seat.  

Camp Out Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., stumbled into his tradition of always getting a good seat early, at his first State of the Union. A fellow freshman told him that former Rep. Gillespie V. "Sonny" Montgomery, D-Miss., who was friends with President George H.W. Bush, sat on the aisle and always shook hands with the president. Engel told HOH that Montgomery said if the colleague sat next to him, he would pull Bush over to shake his hand and if Engel sat in the third seat in, he would pull him over, too.