George Bush Sr. on Welfare & Poverty
President of the U.S., 1989-1993; Former Republican Rep. (TX)
George was expected to oppose the Fair Housing Act in 1968. But his Houston district was so safe that he could easily vote for open housing without facing political consequences.
As the years passed, George tended to recall his stand for open housing as if it signaled some lone act of stupendous bravery instead of a rare attempt to do the right thing--and suffer no political repercussions. He had been one of nine Texas congressman to vote for the bill, but he frequently forgot to mention the other eight.
I am speaking of a new engagement in the lives of others, a new activism, hands-on and involved, that gets the job done.
I have spoken of a thousand points of light, of all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the Nation, doing good. I will go to the people and the programs that are the brighter points of light, and I will ask every member of my government to become involved. The old ideas are new again because they are not old, they are timeless: duty, sacrifice, commitment, and a patriotism that finds its expression in taking part and pitching in.
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George W. Bush(R,2001-2009)
George Bush Sr.(R,1989-1993)
John F. Kennedy(D,1961-1963)
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