As a parent, I want to take my kids to do fun, yet educational things. I mostly fail in this, but there are times when they get an entire education without realizing it. We made the two plus hour drive to College Station to pay the George Bush Library and Museum a visit. This would be the first Bush, number 41. 43 has his library in Dallas. It’s on my to do list for whenever we get there again.
We went to the LBJ library last fall, but Bush’s was more interesting to me because I lived through it. Sure, I was little and don’t remember huge sections of it, but I do remember when Desert Storm. I was in fourth grade. I only remember this because the brother of one of our teachers went and sent us a videotape. Don’t ask me to remember what was on that tape, but I know we watched it. I also remember learning about communism (my fourth grade mind had a hard time with that one), which so many countries got out from under in those years.
Like any presidential library and museum, it’s a lot of history of their life. I wasn’t aware how the Bush’s got to Texas and for some reason I never realized how old George W. was. He’s an old man already. Anyways, it covered Senior’s upbringing, his time in service, and how he met Barbara. The man became a Naval Aviator at the age of 18, got out of the military at the age of 21, and completed a four year program at Yale in two and a half years, all while being married and having W. That right there is pretty freaking impressive. He also played baseball at Yale.
The museum covered their move to Texas and how he got started in the oil business and moved on to politics. From there it was all about that. I didn’t know that he read for president in 1980. He lost the primary, but Reagan asked him to run as his Vice President. The museum had a small replica of the White House and by small I mean you could walk in it. There was a recreation of the Oval Office and the office at Camp David.
The section on the Gulf War was pretty big. I took my time there because I don’t know all the details of it. There was a wall with the names of everyone who died in the conflict. Paper and pencils were also on hand to do rubbings.
The grounds of the place are pretty big. There’s a large pond/small lake, as well as gardens and a few statues. The grave of the Bush’s daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at age three in 1953, was moved to the grounds. George and Barbara will also be buried there. If Bush makes it to November 25, 2017, he will become the longest lived President in United States history at 93 years, 166 days, passing up Ford who holds the current record at 93 years, 165 days when he died on December 26, 2006.
I throughly enjoyed our visit. We also watched a short film of the Bush’s. They seem like genuinely nice people. They also talked about when W. became president. They still looked like super proud parents.