Like most Americans, I was impressed with the splendor and excitement of last week’s presidential inauguration and, like many Americans, I was disappointed by the universally sour attitude towards our outgoing president and the excessively silly pomp surrounding the ceremony.
Three days later, I was wandering around Las Vegas’s newest library, Centennial Hills, and browsed their used bookstore before leaving. I noticed a large hardcover with a picture of the White House on the cover. Picking it up, I saw that it was A Great New Beginning: The 1981 Inaugural Story. Feeling the mirthful hand of serendipity guiding me, I gave the librarian a dollar for it and left.
The first thing that struck me was the chapter on Vice President Bush’s family; the pictures of son George Bush, Jr. alone more than made my dollar worth it. I assume that, since this book has presumably been out of print for more than a quarter century, I’m OK reproducing a few pictures. In this family portrait, he’s on our left:
He’s leaning over in the back of this one, in front of his wife Laura. His paragraph in the chapter describes him as a 34-year-old business executive (a graduate of Harvard and Yale), who “owns his own company in Texas.”