The first-born son of George H. W. and Barbara Bush always sat directly behind his parents at the conventions and inaugurations leading up to his father’s presidency. By the 1997 dedication of George H. W. Bush’s presidential library, the metamorphosis of Texas Governor George W. Bush from prodigal son to presidential contender was complete.
Ronald Reagan’s address at the 1980 Republican National Convention
1988 campaign commercial for George H. W. Bush (George W. Bush is standing, left)
Piggybacking daughter Barbara at the 1988 Republican National Convention (left)
At George H. W. Bush’s 1989 inauguration
“And freedom is like a beautiful kite that can go higher and higher with the breeze…”
At the dedication of George H. W Bush’s Presidential Library, 1997 (with Nancy Reagan and Betty Ford)