CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – For those of you who only knew George H. W. Bush in his final years, here is a feistier version of the President when he was on the campaign trail in 1992.
At that point, he had already served in Congress, the CIA, Vice-President and a term as President.
In the summer and fall of 92, the incumbent President was in a strange place, politically.
He had just lead what was then a very popular victory in the First Gulf War.
But the economy was tanking, and he found himself trailing Democratic challenger Bill Clinton.
On September 29, 1992, President Bush flew into town for a quick rally at the airport.
Here are highlights from that fiery stop.
A month earlier (8/3/92), President Bush’s campaign trail wound through Dalton, Georgia.
He spoke to workers and staff at Shaw carpets.
Owner Robert Shaw introduced the President to talk about manufacturing and textile jobs.
Here is the President’s complete remarks.
The Clinton/Bush race was tough. Clinton defeated the elder Bush, but was eventually succeeded in the white house by his son.
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush would eventually become great friends, even though the families were political rivals through the years.
And, of course, Bill and Hillary were there today at the senior Bush’s funeral.
One other note on political families from that Chattanooga stop in 1992. We caught this glimpse of President Bush meeting a young Weston Wamp, in his father’s arms at the airport.