Conversations with a Father

What does the former President say to his son? The answer will surprise you

George H.W. Bush, no. 41, as he is known in the family, put in a call to the White House late Thursday after his son George W. Bush, No. 43, had finished his war speech to the joint session of Congress. "He and Laura were alone in that big house," the former President recalled. "George was putting out the dogs."

It is most often that way in the Bush family. Just when the media and political power schemers figure the father and son have their heads together in some shadowy corner dividing up the world's leaders for telephone pleas, they talk...

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