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As a moderate Republican and internationalist, George H.W. Bush was last of a kind

“He should be given credit for how he performed in the presidency, that leadership role of internationalism, multilateralism, free trade, international law.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham, who wrote a biography of the 41st president, calls him “the last gentleman.” He was the last American president to start a war, fight it and win it. And, most important in the sweep of American political history, he was the last president who embraced and embodied a moderate brand of Republicanism that was in decline before he took office and has all but disappeared since.

Bush straddled the divide between the movement conservatives of President Ronald Reagan and the old liberal, northeastern wing of the GOP led by figures such as former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, landing a spot on Reagan’s ticket in 1980 after a bitter primary fight. That launched him on the path to the presidency, which he would win in 1988 despite the misgivings of some grassroots conservatives. Read more

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As a moderate Republican and internationalist, George H.W. Bush was last of a kind

As a moderate Republican and internationalist, George H.W. Bush was last of a kind

As a moderate Republican and internationalist, George H.W. Bush was last of a kind

As a moderate Republican and internationalist, George H.W. Bush was last of a kind

As a moderate Republican and internationalist, George H.W. Bush was last of a kind

As a moderate Republican and internationalist, George H.W. Bush was last of a kind

As a moderate Republican and internationalist, George H.W. Bush was last of a kind

As a moderate Republican and internationalist, George H.W. Bush was last of a kind

As a moderate Republican and internationalist, George H.W. Bush was last of a kind