The Presidency: Tidings of Sadness and Loss

Tidings of Sadness and Loss

GEORGE BUSH WAS SHAPED AND TEMPERED BY HIS mother's nature. His was a soul finally formed by strata of love and discipline relentlessly laid down. Bush was lucky, so very lucky, to be rooted in a woman like Dorothy Walker Bush, who died last week at 91. But her death is added anguish in the President's season of political rejection, a burden few men have known. His steady goodwill in handing the White House over to Bill Clinton is a measure of a mother's implanted strength and a final tribute from a son.

Dorothy Bush was of another era, and her...

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