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♪ >> well, i remember toddling
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around in the grass over there in grenwich. ken kennybunkport, maine. some of them brought back pictures from those days. in the summer, we'd go for, like, three eks or two weeks. and i remember driving across the bridge between new hampshire and maine and feeling mother say roll down the windows. breathe in that salt air and we'd all roll down the windows and we felt we were breathing in the salt air. that was kind of a stability for us. i remember those early memories very well.
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we came here every year of my life except one. 1944. and i'm 85, so you can imagine how long that was. my grandfather is from st. louis. and he'd come here every year and just loved it. he bought this as an unfinished point of land about 1896 or 1894, something like that. he and his father built the house in 1902. and this is the house we grew up in. it's got extended, one room on this end and one room on that end. we slept on out-door sleeping porch out there, my brother and i, up and down the bulk. and my mom and dad, her father had lived in that house.
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and now it's our daughter's family. great views in all of this place. i'll show you one of my favorite little -- come on, baby. here? baby? get out of there, baby. >> she's a funny little dog. i never thought i'd be in love with a little, tiny dog. but i am now. this is a horse barn now. this is now the secret service place. and across from it, right i here, another barn. and where that house is on the end, used to be connected to what we call the big house. and we cut off after a big storm came in and knocked it over in the late '70s. my aunt, who owned the place, didn't want to restore it. so we baugt it. brought the property and the house.
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and we took out, like, six bedrooms off of here. now it's a guest house over there. and that's our room where the peeked roof is. and up top is a dormitory with several beds and one of the great rooms in the house. it's just terrific. >> i was named for my grandfather, wilfred. his sons and daughter called him pop. so then i came along and i was little pop. poppy. my family has bb very important to me. i've been blessed all of my life with a close family. grew up with a loving mother and father.
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three brothers and a sister. and we were very close. and we stayed that way. when somebody is hurting, efb else hurts. when somebody else is hurting, everybody else rejoiszs. i can't think what it would be like in life without the strengt and the love we get from family. >> whatever i've done in life and been privileged to do, they've been there. taking pride and helping.
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i've been in boats all of my life. you learn the currents. you learn the show waters. that's where i'm at peace. i just love it. i lived my whole life doing it. nobody asked me to be on the team anymore. remember i used to stand around -- no, next to you, they'd take you, you, you. i'm standing, nobody wants me because i knt move very well. this is a metaphor, but i muss it. boats are still in the game. now i'm privileged to have a very fast boat, a very powerful boat. everybody wants to go on it. it's a wonderful, wonderful outlet for me. >> that's my father and i. great man, big, tall, strong
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guy. a wonderful person. he was a managing partner of his banking firm. he headed the u.s.o. my father was very active in the town government. he was the moderator of the grenwich town meeting, which was equivalent of mayor in those days. and through him, we said you augt to give something back. he was a strong fella. he had a great sense of humor. he was there. a and i think respect was a keyword that we both had for him. everything he did was star quality. i regretted that he never lived to see his son as president. that was too bad.
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my wonderful mother and father. my mother was a great inspiration. she could do everything. she was the fastest mother. she was the best pitcher on the mother's softball team. she was the best tennis player on her own right. she was a good golfer and a loving mother. she was just everything. everyone loved her. again, she set an example in my life. she had these kind of truisms that served me in good study when i got to be president of the united states. she said don't be bragging about yourself all of the time. she'd say listen, don't talk all of the time. she'd say give the other guy credit. and then if we got hurt, she'd be there to lift us up, brush us
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off and geoat us bacget us back game. we were very privileged -- during the depression, we were very lucky. we had two family who is sent us to good school and we avoided the horrors of the depression, you might say. i enjoyed grade school, and boarding school, both. i love the challenge at school. now, some of the friends i've had in grade school are still friends. i was the littlest kbie in our class. but little, i mean shortest. and then between 12 and 13 years old, i strungs up. and i became one of the stallest guys in the class.
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some people say i'm not going to let my kid go away to school that young. he'd forget the family. >> you had to be there. you had to do this. you had to do that. >> you don't think i would call myself a classy student and became a phi beta cappa of yale. but then i took all of the easy courses, history of art a few things like that. i got good grade. but i wasn't what you called a real scholar. sports was my things ischool. and i used toe go to watch the game and watch babe ruth. my childhood desire was to have lou gherig's mitt.
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it wassen lickly. i was captain of the soccer team, captain of the basketball team and played baseball. >> we had a good basebalteam. the college baseball, you had to have a good pitcher. we had twro that went to the major leagues. that was why we were as good as wirp.
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>> girls? >> probably. i wasn't a very forward leaning kind of a guy with girls. i was admirining the fizz yours physiques, very early on. the girl named joe kilmer, she was very beautiful. there was a girlt nanled beatty thurston and she had a rich father because she had a yacht. in those days, that was a huge thing. and she wore a rubber bathing soout. i'll never forget. but i've always liked attractive girls. i was at a holiday dance and here is this beautiful girl. she was the life of the party and dancing and smiling and i said who is that? that's barbara pierce from ryan. i somehow got up my nerve to ask her to dansz and they started
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playing a waltz, i think. i knt waltz. so i sat down and we chatted. and i called her the next day and took her out. her father was a very successful publisher. i don't think the mother liked me very much, but the father did. and so we fell in love. the whole fashion falling in love. but bounty gives you value you can see. in this lab demo, one sheet of bounty leaves this surface cleaner than two sheets of the leading ordinary brand.
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>> yesterday, december 7th, 1941, a date which will live in infamy. >> that was -- i didn't know much about what that really meant. but our country is at war. i've been the building up that something might happen, but nothing like this. and i remember the first assembly the next day, we were all trooped in, slouched on into the assembly hall there. the whole school and the fed master, mr. dr. fees. you alms stand at atengsz, never when they play the star spang spangled banner. today, when i see people out that like there through white house slouching when they play
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the star spangled banner, i thought too bad dr. feese couldn't get ahold of them. hiro hito was the total villain. i remember meeting him years later. and i couldn't oo believe this litsle guy, was the epitome of all evil. so we were going to get it. i think everybody wanted to participate. very, very few people tried to avoid the craft. >> we are now in this war. we're all in it. we're all the way. every single man, woman and child. the partner, the most tremendous undertaking of our men history. >> kpiend of like most people there the country, i wanted to
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participate. i wanted to go fight for my country. and i decided that i wanted to go into naval aviation. and so istein e signed up. took the oet of office on my 18th birthday. was sworn in as seaman's second class. and two movrnths later i was in the preslight school. my father took me down to pennsylvania station in new york and put his arm around me. the first time i ever saw him shed a tear: when dad was there, we all offered him his few su port, but he had been a riltle shaken up. i guess he knew a little bit about what cmbat was like.
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i didn't know one single person on this train. i was probably the youngest guy on there. i wasn't pet ri fied. i didn't want out. that was all modified about the feeling that we have with our country. and the need to be a part of something huge. it was fast tracked. day needed pilots pretty bad. it was kind of terrifying. these instructors were tough guyed. i was 18, they were 20 old guys. they were going to be get down! do this! do that! yelling through you at a gas port above come out of your ears. one-way skmun kags. they could yell at you and you couldn't yell back.
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september 2nd, 19 4. i just landed with the target from before. we've had some coming in. >> i think i need time of your flying in combat, i'd hate to say. you'd see this out of aircraft, fire is going to come at you. you couldn't do anything about it. clouds of anger. we were told it was going to be rough. and then we get up there and we got hilt. i felt the huge blast and it's the whole plane shaking and then the next thing i no, we were inkovled in smoe. man fuselage and the wing.
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and that's where the gas tank is. this is hazard, this final. i'll get its permission, lease the bombs an then decide i could not kwit and stay in the air. >> i told them to get out. sent the may day message jumped out of the plane. gauged my head up against the tail of the airplane. fortunately, i didn't take my head off. looked up to shoot on my end, aparentally, floated down to earth. got on the raft and i started padding setting the speed record. this wind was broing up to waerds the island. >> i wasn't afraid to die. many, many of us scared when all of this wu taking place. i know i was.
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i was throughing throwing up in the watser. >> and then, before long, a submarine surfaced. and i said oh, fwod, i hope it's one of ours. it sure enough was. they came out e um out ovt sea, along and the next things i know, we're running the water. >> one of them did get out, according to japanese reports. but i never knew what happened to it. i think ablt it to this day. could i have done more? could i have landed the plane in the water?
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under the circumstances, no question. a lot of revision is about that. a lot of people reign in their
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head that truman did the right thing. in my mind, he dead. he saved many, many american lives. it's such a serious decision that i think history will say he did the right thing. there will be plenty of people that never should have taken nent lives. unforu choo gnchew gnatly, mayb not those numbers, that values, but it was the right thing. the minute it ended, it was joyous. i went off to church to count our blessings. the great excitement ovrn on all of the streets of the virginia beach and all over the country. but then the shifts immediately and i went off to yale. they left that open so i could go back.
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>> not sure i ever real day did ask her to marry me. she claims it happened on the wall. we've got a wall on the left side of the drive way going into the ocean. and she maintains it was on that very wall that i asked her to marry her. i don't remember it. but it just happened. if we announced our engagement of the fall of '42, i guess. >> the wedding is a traditional church wedding in a presbyterian church. she was a beautiful bride and a lot of family around even though it was war-time. we went down to see for the
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niesz, warm trip. and that was it. traditional. i was living with barbara in a little apartment. we had just come back from the war. there were 13 families living there. you had to have one child to be in that building. one night, this shows you the degree of our maturity after coming back from the navy chblt and when i was up on the third floor, they yelled hurry on up. mr. seymore is taking a shower. you see her neighed. well, she was about 75 and we
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now, when you were deciding what jobs to take after the war, what were you considering? >> making a living. so it really didn't matter what job. my options were particularly great because, you know, i wasn't a road scholarment i didn't have any particular to recommend me. i remember getting turned down by proctor&gamble. i had a wife. i had a child. and i was offered a job. my father had a friend who was chairman of the ib dust ri.
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and i'll tell you what, you're going to go down to texas. they went to odessa txz and we'll pet you in a training program for our company. i said you're on. i went all the way down there. we worked in the off field of texas, west texas, for the basin and out to california to some of his companies out there. just for maybe a month at a time, two months. it was very good advice. i learned a lot. it was great training. and then i just had to go back to mid land and there was a city sales man. but then i branched off on my own.
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and i plaed a living in the off-shore drilling business. we were innovators to the degree that we were the first ones to use the jack-up rigs. >> as construction price on the vinegar are assemble ts eed at the construction site. >> could you tell me how you chose the name for your oil company? >> yes, it was very, very serious thinking. a mu e vee came through town
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called fema ziballo. and so anyway, i had zapata. >> where did you lev your extremely suck eszful business while you ran for office? >> well, a chak. i came down here from west texas and was working in getting our offshore company here because it's near the gulf. how is that kind of an interesting politic? there was no republicans. not a republican office over there in west txz. now it's all ripped up. i said well, i'll do it. we got entrusted in that, then. and then came back here and he came to me, the chairman of the state party said well, houblt you're running for harass county
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prae strength. i said my god, i'm running a business. well, i got into it and i liked it. and we had a big right wing problem, the john best of your recollection society was running strong. so we had to take on some of those people. >> this is barbara and george and me and our daughter, robin. beautiful, innocent, young girl. one day, barbara said you better come home. dr. wyvell wants to talk to us about robin. she had been tired and her legs were bruised.
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she said i have some bad news for you. your daughter has leukemia. i never heard of it in those days. i said what does that mean? well, it mean, unfortunately, she'll be going to heaven in a few montds. i said there's nothing we can do about it. so i called my uncle who was a doctor at memorial savings and loan ket e keterring, cancer doctor. she said you don't have any choice. bring her up here and let us treat her and see if we can't extends her life. we got her into memorial hospital, sort of back and fort from memorial to midland tax tax. i was just praying until i hurt. and that, of course, didn't work out.
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>> exhaustive treatments for her. i remember the doctors coming in. i remember the worst part was sticking this needle in to suck the marrow out of her bones. it hurt her a lot. so i remember some of those very unpleasant things. now i remember some happy days when she was smile and go into what they call remission. it would be almost like her own self. remember having her back in mid land, somebody said to me, where's that little girl of yours that was so sick. that's her playing out there in the yard. so trrp some ups and downs. and barbara was magnificent through this. she would be there at her bedside holding robin's hands through these tests and going to take her to new york. we were making a living out of
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going. we didn't know how long this was going to take. barbara was the one that did so much for her, with robin. just to show her that we loved her. finally, it was just too much. they came to me and said we've got one other operation. we could do. and i said no, you've done enough. you've done a wonderful job on this girl. there's no point making her suffer more. so we went quietly to sleep. i couldn't talk about it for
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years. i still feel it. it's something i just feel it very strongly. and after the boys, dorothy came, our daughter. and that was as emotional as anything chlts we wa. emotional as anything. we wanted a girl. and we were all weeping, i was, anyway. not so much barbara, but it's just hard to describe, this family emotion. [ female announcer ] the best things in life are the real things. nature valley trail mix bars are made with real ingredients you can see. like whole roasted nuts, chewy granola, and real fruit. nature valley trail mix bars. 100% natural. 100% delicious. 100% natural. questions. when you're caring for a loved one
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so i ran again for ralp ralph yarba, which we consider a flaming liberal, which he was. >> the senator must be beaten in november. and i want to tell you why. he does not guilty represent texans. he rep sents the new frontier. he is for every sweeping, high-spending, new frontier.
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. >> i probably didn't think in my heart ofhearteds i was going to win. but i portrayed that i did and i guess i did. h is outside the year of gold water and i got many more voets than gold water did. most republicans never got running for the senate. but defeated pretty soundly. after i lost the senate, then i ran for the 7th district of congress with house of representative. i ran against the very popular democratic attorney. and then we were just out hustling. and then the district, this fire department where i was elected, they never had a republican elected.
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and so anyway, i ran door-to-door. people mobilized. and it was big. it was good. and off i went to the u.s. congress. i was very fortunate that i was put on the weighs and means committee. it was a big deal in those days. and then, you know, i worked with a bunch of other congressman trying to fight for an ethics bill, i was a freshman member of congress. we had a big number of people that were e lekted the year i was. so we had a big freshman class. the leaders could notover look. there was a lots of votes there. they were very pleasant to us.
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and so we just worked within the system. we wrnt ren gaited. we weren't mob throwers. but it was a good experience. i love the house. they wanted many e to counsel her. i didn't want to do that. i knew that nixon didn't like the guy that was there, his representative at the united nation. a career guy. a very nice man. bu part of what the deal in new york was was to represent the president's fu v views in the new york establishment. so i said to his staff, i'd love to do this other. next thing i know, he convinced, okay, that's what i'll have yoo do.
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i went to u.n. and loved it out there. >> mr. president, our secretary of state and i have repeatedly staugt to make clear that con vings of the united states that the general assembly should not expel the republic of china. >> i did represent the administration in new york pretty well and at the u.n. pretty well. hey, i love your cereal there --
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that in my years of public life, i welcome this kind of examination. people have to know whether their president is a crook. well, i'm not a crook. >> it was terrible. the worst time to be president. the republican national committee? you can imagine. and it's from bob strauss who called me up and said, he said, george, your job -- he was a good guy, still a friend. he said your job reminds me of screwing a gorilla. i said what do you mean, bob? >> he said you can't stop until the gorilla wants to. that's kbhaktly what it was like. well, i liked nick. he had been very good to me. i'm a loyal guy. i didn't want to see him thrown out of history. it was difficult because i didn't bant to believe that when they said they weren't involved in this stuff.
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so i stayed with him as long as i could. but two stacks of mail. why aren't you doing more to support the president and why are you doing so much to keep us close? just one thing after another, it was like a shoe drop. they had this smoking gun tape that became clear that everybody that the white house lied. it was at that point that i said it eegs best that if you resign. >> did you read a response from him? >> i don't think so. there was a big cabinet meeting just before he resigned. he kept talking in the meeting. it was part of my deal to be a member of the cabinet.
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now, what are you going to do about this trade bill? and so i don't remember the details from it, but this is an interesting revelation from that meeting. >> i shall resooirn the presidency effective at noon tomorrow. >> i think what he did in terms of this cover up and this sin, you'd rather sin itself than breaking into some democratic head quarter? that's not the end of the world. but it was bad. the main part that was bad was the cover up and the lie about it. >> in hindsight, what do you think of richard nixon? >> mixed motions and can never get over the normty of the lie. in many areas,he was a good president. he was very good. his vision on foreign affairs was particularly good. so it was disillusioning and heartbreaking in a sense.
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>> what did you see ahead for the republican? >> probably a bleak future. that's why these things come and go. they give me perspective over the years. when things move you down, you bounce back. >> and what consequences did water gate have for our country? >> not particularly profound when you look at it in terms of history. other countries have had big problems, ethical problems. but watergate? itself? none. and i think most people would agree with that. life goes on. you can't stay in the past. >>
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some of these great golfers, you have phil mickleson who said sign'm and put them up here. caught in the northwest territory by my grandson when i was fishing with him. that's a large mouthed bass caught by barbara in alabama. i like the baits. that's a very good baste-casting reel there. good one. >> so you've been fishing aum of your life? >> all of 34i life, yep. >> that was down in florida and the keys. fishing for bone fish. it's really hunting and fishing. you see the tails on the fish and you cast out on them.
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jerry ford asked me what i would like to do. i said, well, i love foreign affairs for the u.n. they said, well, you know, paris is open, france is open. if you want to be ambassador, we can probably work that out. i said what i'd like to do is go to china. he said how come? i said well, that's the future. this is long before people recognized china as the power it is.
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long trip, lounge journey away from anything we've done before. but barbara was for it and it worked out great. >> what was life like in china? >> you couldn't go into people's homes. it was closed in those days. but we could go around town. we used bicycles a lot to get
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around the different lalliwags and traveled as much as i could in the country with her. it was wonderful. it's a whole new experience. i wents over there thinking red china. domination of communists of efrgs. family doesn't mean anything. >> r. >> you're kind of indoctrinated or out of touch. you just listen to propaganda and you don't get the reality. so i saw the real china. and so i saw the shortcoming and i saw its strengths. i'm better for that. i learned a lot about life.
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>> can you tell us about the coming director of the c.i.a.? >> well, yeah, i remember riding my bicycle in china and the guy from the embassy came up and said we've got news for you. come on back. so he went back and there i got this message. i think it was from kislinger. he said the president wants you to come back and be in the c.i.a. i had no idea about that. my view of the president is if you think you can do it, you algt to do it. i got a lot of advice from friends in congress who said don't do this. this is a dead end for any political ambitions you might have. for any political fu which are. but i did i. probably the most fulfilling job i've had. well, as president.
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blank black blank. >> i love defending the c.i.a. and i love talked eing about the dedication of the people that work there. and i love knowing what they do and how well they do it. i did meet with some of their ajents and some of their people. and some say bring him into the office so i could talk to them. they were heroic people. they were risking their lives out there. and some of them got wrapped up, some of them got, you know, compromised. the whole thing was a great experience. it reinforced for me the service. the importance of having good, foreign intelligence and the importance of having dedicated americans who are willing to serve without sitting at the head table, without getting their name in the papers.
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>> can you just tell us a lit lt bit more about what you did a t c.i.a.? >> well, i had had enough of a background and different things that i felt i could compete. i guess ambition or determination, whatever you want the call it. and i worked like held. i made some progress and didn't kbet elected. >> when you pursued a phone call or asked to be the vice presidential running mate, did you have any sense that was coming? >> no, i didn't. and then they had this deal where ford would run with reagan. and, for a while, it looked like
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that was going to happen. my idea, it would have been a disaster. you can't have two presidents, which it would have been. ronald reagan shot that down. >> and i thank you for your wholehearted response to my recommendation with regard to george bush. [ cheers and applause ] i'm on a bayer aspirin regimen. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. i'm very grateful to be alive. aspirin really made a difference. they're whole grain good... and yummy good. real fruit pieces. 12 grams of whole grains
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try capzasin-hp. it penetrates deep to block pain signals for hours of relief. capzasin-hp. take the pain out of arthritis. i was very much interested in the details of the issues. i don't think reagan -- that wasn't his long suit at all. he was a glareat communicator a
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getting the american people to do things. >> i found if i did a lot of foreign travel for reagan, that i had met people. >> that was when you go to funerals, you know, and so much so that jim baker said you guy, he'll fly. i made the first con takts for the united states, officially, or for reagan with gorbachav, for example. i was over there when the
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russian premier died and i went and met gorbachav and got a feel for him. broke the cable to reagan myself saying we've got a different man. a kimpdifferent breed of cat. that was an important moment for me. believe it or not, there are a lot of things that individual times as vice president that i enjoyed. i enjoyed going to germany trying to get the germans to deploy the vessels. a very unpopular thing to do. but reagan wanted me to do this. and i went over there. they did do it and enhanced the peace, i think.
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>> secret service didn't know if it was some conspiracy to kill off leader sos they hustled me off the limo and then off to the marine. we stayed in touch with the white house and then kept reports on how reagan was doing. i never thought i was acting like a president. there's no point in that. >> i've worked with a great president. i've seen what crosses that big disk. i've seen the unexpected crisis that arrives in a cable in a young aide's hand. and so i know, what it all comes down to this election is the man at the desk. and who should sit at that desk? my friends, i am that man.
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>> thank you very much. and i am proud to receive and honored to accept your nomination for president of the united states. [ cheers and applause ] >> the night before the election, they said we've got to stop -- go by illinois and some other place and go back to texas. i said no, we're not going to do that. if we don't have it made by now, we weren't going to have it. so i didn't do i. i say that because it shows that people wrnt overly confident that we were going to within e win. yet, we won by, i think, an
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expose facto would have been considered a landslide. >> i, george herbert walker bush do solemnly swear that i will faithly execute the office of the president of the united states and will to the best of my ability preserve, prek and defend the constitution of the united states. so hep me god. >> so help me god. >> congratulations. [ applause ] [ cheers and applause ]
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our first organized press conference. or sooner, we may have an inorganized conference. >> you are disorganizered. good morning, everybody. thank you all very much. i know some of you have been up all night long. >> we just wanted to wish you well and welcome you to the people's house. thank you all very, very much. thank you.
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the noex morning, my mother was there, came, we got a greet picture of she sitting there. and then the papers started piling up. and the national security faem came in, the c.i.a. people came in, back to work. >> how does it feel, sir, to be in the oval office. >> i had been there. i knew where the keys to the
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men's room was and knew my way around the white house. it wasn't out of a clear-blue sky, some hick from west texas coming in there. and, yet, so hef ve and so important, so big. that i think it should have settled on me that you're it. this is a very big thing you embarked on. maybe the most historic thing that happened while you were president was the day of the cold war. >> i remember the democratic leaders in the congress saying the president durnt get it. e e he ought to be over there dancing on the wall with the kids who have seen their families for the first time.
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historically, it could have been the stupidest thing i could have done. leslie stall said why don't you express the emotion the american people feel? everybody's got certain levels of respect and pride. and for me to stick my fingers in the eyes of gorbachav or the soviet military made no sense at all. i didn't do i. i got some criticism for that. i care deep le. but subsequently, gorbachav didn't know how his hill tear would react. i guess they'll take over and have military confrontation. and so it's better to work with the diplomacy of it all, which we did, and help things operate
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smooth. that's all without a shot being fired. >> do you want a candy bar? come on, we'll sit right here. >> our official exchange. . oh, here we are. >> that's nice to know.
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>> mr. president? >> yeah? >> i'm really supposed to be in school right now. dooupg it would be possible for you to write me an absence? >> oh, absolutely. >> it's the theory. what's the theory on that? i remember when i happened, it was president. and it was terrible. we kind of led the world on putting sanctions against china. but i didn't want to break off all relations with china. and there, i had it different with a lot of editorialists and a lot of people in congress. i figured this is too much. woe're going to break relations
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with china. it would have been a stupid thing to do. if i hadn't been to china, i might have felt differently about that. >> i believe the powers of democracy are so powerful. and then when you see them this morning and seeing the tank driver exercise restraint, i'm convinced that the forszs of democracy are going to overcome these unfortunate events. [ male announcer ] does your prescription medication give you the burden of constipation? turn to senokot-s tablets.
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let me quote the words. >> pick this up? take it out of my pocket? >> that's what i want to find out. if you take it out of your pocket, then you've got to have your coat open. >> i'm here today to explain to the people of iraq why tunited states and the world community has responded to kuwait. let me quote the words of one arab leader. sadham hussein, himself.
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an arab country does not have the right to occupy another arab country. hussein's ruthless, systematic rape of a peaceful neighbor violated everything that community of nations holds dear. the world has said this aggression would not stand and it will not stand. >> small country. remember the united nations. >> at what moment did you know this country was going to war with iraq? i knew it pretty quickly. within a few hours. i wasn't sure it was going to be war, but he came to see me in the o 1r58 office. he said mr. president, you must not use force.
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it would be a-moral. so did this brutality. there's this overt, crystal clear wrong bualty. >> you can't delegate it. you can't form a committee. if you form a committee, it's should we do something or how are we going to handle it? that final analysis is the president's. so, you worry about it, wrestle with it and decide we're going to do this. you don't listen to the drums beating outside of the white house.
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>> he was the epitome of evil for me. what he did to his own state. i saw something redeeming a bt it at all. the congress was against it. they were divided mainly on party lines, but didn't want me to do it. but i did what i thought we should do. in my direction, elements of the 82nd airborne division, as well as key units of the united states air force are arriving today to take up deensive positions in saudi arabia. and sadham hu srksz sein never believed we were going to fight. i am convinced he would have taken over saudi arabia.
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the war was over. there's nobody early on we thought possible. i think for his something known as a "just war". and this kwuz a just war. ironically, the way the military conducted itself with such efficiency and honor, some of the critics back then, pre-war critics, rescinded their krit similar. but if it hasndn't worked out, wouldn't have been at peace. maybe thrown out of office. the toughest decision the president makes when he has to send somebody else's son or daughter these days into combat. into war. so i decided we use force. it was a big decision. a major decision, whether to kick him out of kuwait. >> what did you say to the families of the lost levels?
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>> haert broken. i still feel it. any time somebody loses a loved one, the burden for the loss of that loif was right on the shoulder in the responsibility of the president. you can't help but feel that way. i've often wondered what would have happened if we wuld have said this war is going to continue now until you show up and put your sword on that sword of surrender from that table. and i'm wondering if he would have, probably not, i think that would have been more satisfying. well, the way it worked out, it afekted me in great pride in the military, pride in the great satsz faction we did. but e're right. morally right.
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. we're calling it a revenue enhancement rather than a tax increase. but no question. and the democrats and many of the right wing republicans went after me with avengeance. >> read my lips. no new taxes. >> when i said read my lips, no more taxes. it might not have been as big a deal. it was so hammered home that for rhetoric, if i would have used different rhetoric, i might have paid a lesser price, although it might have been a big price. >> do you regret that decision?
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>> nope, i did it right. >> thank you, united states of america. we are going to going to win this election. >> i think this started in the year 1992 and what that year means to you? >> defeat to bill clinton. clinton did a great job of campaigning on. i know i sound like i'm bashing the press, but there was romney's ewe enaminity.
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>> can you talk a little bit about ross perot? >> no. i think he cost me the election and i don't like him. >> we respect the democratic asis tant. i just told the governor of litting rock and offered my con gratulations. losing an election hurts. not so much for your prnlly, but you feel like you let down a lot of people. i've had some experience in that loss. and this was big. and, of course, very hurtful. >> this is our new first lady.
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>> first time i've been home and had a chance to visit. nancy? this is my new guy. >> nice to see you. >> a little coffee? a little tea? >> if you have decaf, i'll take that. >> yeah, we've got that zone. >> there was a whole agenda of unfinished business. domestic, foreign affairs, whatever. there were a lot of things on the e cobconomy we were trying do. i think china was always important. i think we could have taken some
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quantum leaps. >> presidency of the united states, which is, you know, the most important job in the world and the most probably overrepresented in what you can and can't do. it's just wonderful. i don't know how it fed everything to me. it was the epitome of my life. but not the only thing in it.
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>> that's right. >> we'll keep going.
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>> i'm going to let the wake go passed. we're in neutral. when we spend morning and spring in early summer, sit oit there every morning, watch the waves and have a cup of coffee. now, every time we have meals, we eat out here. now we have little gigi here. i can't tell you the joy i get in the morning when i see her running at my window.
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and now, another week or two, there will be a lot of them here. and that really inspires me and makes me feel young. >> look out this window and see it does for me exactly what it did when i was 15 years old. i love it. i feel ri invigorated there. i can still drive my bolt. a lot of things i love to do, i can't do because i'm getting older. it's different now. you're still on the team of life. you're still in the middle of this great family. and that's what matters. [ male announcer ] citi turns 200 this year.
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>> very emotional for me. very proud father. first time it's happened, i guess, in the history of our country or except for the adams but it was mind boggling. it was enormous. and a source of great pride for the family, for the father and mother. it was great.
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♪ by the dawn's early light what would proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming ♪ >> chris nidles was a white house guy at one point and headed a parachute association. was here and said they were having some demonstrations and would i like to see it and i said, yeah, in fact, i'd like to make another jump. i want to do it right. made mistakes and just in my heart of hearts, figured i could get it right. so we wnt out to arizo-- so we out to arizona, a few hours' drill and i've made a total of
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seven since then. those first two or three were solo jumps which were much more exciting and you have to make a decision. you steer the chute. so it's more on you. people say, why do you do this stupid stuff? say, well, two reasons. one, at my age, you still get a thrill, a physical thrill from something. you look down, no visible means of support and next thing you know, you're falling and floating hopefully, and then it sends a message around the world that -- i say around the world modestly, but people do seem to see it that, you know, old guys can still do interesting things, fun things, exciting things. those are the two reasons and i'm going to do one more on my 90th birthday. you think driving around that limo? >> i don't know. how was it? >> it was pretty good. everything was pretty good in
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those days. >> just visited berlin last weekend to reunite with my esteem colleagues. i can report a few things. first of all, the three of us are, in fact, 23 years older. talk about dancing on the wall. i'm lucky to be able to stand up near the damn thing! i've got a little parkinson's in the lower legs and getting tired when you drag your legs around. it doesn't hurt, but it's a reminder that i'm getting older. i do have a fear of falling. i worry. i've fallen a couple times. not the last six months, but i've fallen several times over the last year but always make ago soft landing. funny when you walk along, you picture where you are. i'm looking to see where there is a good place to fall. now i don't because of these secret service guys and my people around here all help me and i lean on them.
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>> i'm honored to be here to help install in this symbolic anchor which will rest here for generations to come as a visual reminder of the special place and his family and the community of kennebunkport feel for him. we love you. >> i'm not even dead yet! what is going on here? amazing! now barbara and i would like to ask all of you, every single one of you to come to the gate and walk up and see this house from the other point of view on the end of the house, you'll see my favorite slogan, ceiling and visibility unlimited. t taboo and which we all voted for and that is the way my life is here. i think barbara feels the same
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way about it. ♪ >> they say politics is a noble calling. don't be turned off by the scandal of the moment or the criticism from the press about politics and politicians. do your best. get in there. if you believe in something, and work at it. and it's worth it. it's worth doing it. it's worth serving something other than your own self, your own pocketbook, and, you know, public service is a noble calling and i still feel that way. >> i know you. i know you.
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residents come and go but george stays. >> what is it all about? good to see you. >> george, how are you? >> good to see you. >> good to see you. never run you off yet? >> no, sir. good to see you. >> how about this one? >> how are you, bud? >> good to see you. >> thank you, sir. >> this is a great reunion. >> yes, it is. >> good to see you, george. >> you too. god bless you. >> george, have you lost weight? >> yes, ma'am. ♪ >> be honorable george h.w. bush.
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♪ >> isn't that something? a lot of memories. a lot of happy memories and it's mesmerizing to see it's enchanting and now, at this stage in the life, i get so say how lucky we are, how beautiful this is. this is our anchor and this is where the kids come back and this is where the memories are. so this is where i'm coming all
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my life and where i will remain until my last days.


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