He was the only #11 FCAL President in all of American history (as far as we know), riding the coattails of one popular #15 FCIL named Ronald Reagan. He wasn’t particularly sharp, or particularly a talented leader, or even just particularly Presidential, yet he possessed a likable grace that, even if you disliked his politics, you couldn’t help but like the person. Just a few days ago, George H.W. Bush passed away at the ripe age of 94 years, just 8 months after the death of his beloved wife, Barbara (#3 FEAL). When asked if he wanted to go to the hospital, he replied, “No,” and that he wanted to be with Barbara again.
Does anyone remember when Newsweek magazine published a cover story questioning whether the President was beset by the “wimp factor?” He was also known as having a “tongue-tied” political style, something not surprising knowing his dominant Animate inborn design. He once said, “I may not be the most eloquent, but I learned early that eloquence won’t draw oil from the ground. I may sometimes be a little awkward, but there’s nothing self-conscious in my love of country. I am a quiet man — but I hear the quiet people others don’t.”
When it came to action, however, George was no wimp. At 18 years old he became the youngest naval pilot following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, and as a “flyboy” he flew 58 combat missions and won the Distinguished Flying Cross. Even as an old man he still loved his thrills, jumping out of an airplane for his 90th birthday ala fellow #11 Tom Cruise (and wouldn’t you know it, they’re both left handed as well? Left-handedness typically provides an extra dimension of behavior.) What also seemingly drew people to H.W. was his sense of humility. He was no show-boat. Even when speaking of his feats during World War II (he was miraculously saved by a submarine after being shot down over the Pacific), he continually evaded any accolades. “It was just part of my duty. People say, ‘war hero.’ How come a guy who gets his airplane shot down is a hero and a guy who’s good enough that he doesn’t get shot down is not?”
Bush was a unique, thoughtful, fatherly, soft-hearted man, epitomizing the #11 FCAL to a ‘T’. Truth be told, it’s unlikely America will ever see a President quite like him ever again. Despite the #11’s verbal charm, winning a series of political debates, especially with #’s 15 and 16 Inanimate Conceptuals, is unlikely. And speaking of #11s, Billy Graham is another we lost in 2018.
Written by: Staff
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