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George Bush

Seymour Chwast, born 1931
George Herbert Walker Bush, 12 Jun 1924 - 30 Nov 2018
Lithograph on paper
Sight: 36.8 x 27.9cm (14 1/2 x 11")
Frame: 73.7 x 58.4 x 3.8cm (29 x 23 x 1 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
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© Seymour Chwast
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Forty-first President, 1989-93
This profile image, supposedly revealing the interior workings of George Bush's presidential mind, ran on Time's cover with the headline "How Bush Decides" to complement the magazine's report on how Bush was faring after six months in office. Time concluded that in spite of Bush's lack of new initiatives in either foreign policy or congressional legislation, he seemed to have a calm and steady grip on the job. Moreover, his qualities appeared to compare favorably with those of his Oval Office predecessors. Although, for example, he shared Ronald Reagan's stubborn adherence to principle, Time ventured that he also had a better understanding than Reagan of the need for compromise. But above all, Bush enjoyed being president. While he worked "as hard at the job as Carter did," the magazine noted, he wore "the office as lightly as Reagan."
Seymour Chwast (born 1931)
Lithograph, 1989
Time cover, August 21, 1989
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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