George H.W. Bush
died Friday at 94. The 41st president — and 43rd vice president, and onetime congressman, CIA director, United Nations ambassador, Republican National Committee chairman, oil tycoon and World War II naval pilot — was also father to the 43rd president, George W. Bush.
The younger Bush in a statement Friday remembered Bush Sr. as “a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.”
Roll Call delved into its archives to remember the former president’s days in D.C.
Bush, as Republican National Committee chairman, speaks at the Republican Governors Association conference on Nov. 19, 1973. He took exception to pollster George Gallup’s prediction that the Watergate scandal would hurt the GOP in the 1974 elections. (CQ Roll Call archive photo) Bush is sworn in as vice president on Jan. 20, 1981. (CQ Roll Call archive photo) Bush makes a campaign stop at a Colorado GOP event on July 12, 1984. He slammed what he called gloom-and-doom speeches by the Democrats. (CQ Roll Call archive photo) Bush gestures on Sept. 10, 1990, just prior to addressing a joint session of Congress on the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Behind him are Vice President Dan Quayle, left, and Speaker Thomas S. Foley. (Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call file photo) Bush attends the unveiling of his vice presidential bust in the Capitol Rotunda in June 1991. To his right, Kentucky Sen. Wendell H. Ford. (Laura Patterson/CQ Roll Call file photo) Bush points to the press during a visit to Capitol Hill on Aug. 5, 1992. Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran holds boxing gloves bearing the words “Democrat Congress” that he gave to the president earlier in the day in Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole’s office. (Laura Patterson/CQ Roll Call file photo) President George W. Bush and his father at the inauguration of the 43rd president on Jan. 20, 2001. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call file photo) Bush with his wife and grand daughters Barbara and Jenna Bush wave as they walk through the Rotunda on Capitol Hill on Jan. 20, 2005. (REUTERS/Pool/Robert Sullivan file photo) Bush watches as New York Sen. Hillary Clinton whispers in former President Bill Clinton’s ear during the inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama on the West Front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 2009. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)