Document A: U.S. Constitution retrieved from https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/amendments-11-27
Document B: Dallas Morning News “Command and Control: Voices from the Situation Room,” retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsZf5XI3_w0&feature=youtu.be
Document C: “Bush’s Notes” retrieved from http://res.dallasnews.com/interactives/reagan-bush/
Document D: Photograph of Vice-President George Bush entering the Tarrant County Convention Center retrieved from http://res.dallasnews.com/interactives/reagan-bush/images/bushfw_1200.jpg
Document E: Reagan Diary entry, March 24, 1981 (see attached)
Document F: Declassified Memo to Vice-President George H.W. Bush from Secretary of State Alexander Haig, Jr., March 30, 981 (see attached)
Document G: Vice-President George Bush to Former President Richard Nixon, January 12, 1982 (see attached)
Document H: Vice-President George Bush to his mother, December 16, 1986 (see attached)
Document I: Vice-President George Bush to his wife, January 6, 1987 (see attached)
Document J: Vice-President George Bush to Vic Gold, n.d. (see attached)
Document K: Former Press Secretary Scott McClellan on Leadership, 2008 (see attached)
Tuesday, March 24 
Nat. Security Council meeting in Situation Room. We adopted a plan to persuade African States of our desire to help settle the Namibian question—an election after a const. is adopted. At the same time we would urge Angola’s govt. to oust the Cubans at the same time we helped Savimbi. Our hope being that with the Cubans out NATO & Savimbi could negotiate a peace.
Later in day a call from Al Haig, all upset about an announcement that George B. is to be chairman of the Crisis Council. Historically the chairman is Nat. Security Advisor (Dick Allen). Al thinks his turf is being invaded. We chose George because Al is wary of Dick. He talked of resigning. Frankly I think he’s seeing things that aren’t there. He’s Sec. of St. and no one is intruding on his turf—foreign policy is his but he has half the Cabinet teed off.
Source: Ronald Reagan, The Reagan Diaries ed. by Douglas Brinkley (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2007), 10-11.
January 12, 1982
The Honorable Richard Nixon
26 Federal Plaza
New York, N.Y.
Dear Mr. President:
I received your warm letter of January 7 and I am very appreciative. A lot of people simply don’t understand the advice you gave me.
A couple of months ago I had a letter from a very prominent Republican Senator, saying “separate yourself from the President”. This was written at the time of some tough budget vote. I have had lots or writers hone in on differences that I may have had with President Reagan during the primaries, trying to get me to highlight these differences now.
I don’t believe a President should have to be looking over his shoulder wondering if the Vice President was out there carving him up or undermining his programs in one way or another. I guess every Vice President has had to endure the annual rounds of “whatever happened to V.P._____ stories”. They don’t bother me a bit. I like my job, I have plenty to do, and I believe I can be helpful to the President. So what else is there?
Thank you so very much for that insightful letter. Barbara joins me in sending our best to Mrs. Nixon.
Source: George Bush, All The Best, My Life in Letters and Other Writings (New York: Scribner, 1999), 315-316.
December 16, 1986
Mrs. Prescott S. Bush, Sr.
Hobe Sound, Florida 33455
. . . These are not easy times here, but they are times that the things you and Dad taught me come to the fore. Tell the Truth. Don’t blame people. Be strong. Do your Best. Try hard. Forgive. Stay the Course. All that kind of thing.
The President is embattled. Some of our political friends worry about me and what all this will do to me; but you see, I don’t worry—really. I know the President is telling the whole truth. I know I have, too. And I also know that the American people are fair and forgiving.
So don’t worry about middle-size—And besides if all goes wrong (and it won’t) look at all the blessings I have in life. Bar, kids, 10 grandkids. And besides I have the neatest Mum in the whole wide world; and I love her very very much.
Source: George Bush, All The Best, My Life in Letters and Other Writings (New York: Scribner, 1999), 356.
January 6th, 1987
Let’s see Bar—42 years ago this minute I was a nervous wreck—you too, maybe. Anyway, here we are 42 years later, and I am a very happy guy—the luckiest in the world actually. I have a skinny, miles walking wife; I have a lot of grandkids (so do you) and they all, each and everyone, bring me happiness just thinking about them. Our own kids are great; our dog is in tough shape, but he’s given us joy; our house wasn’t even nicked by the seas or the snow; we aren’t rich, but we are awful lucky. We don’t owe any money and if either of us get sick the other guy can pay the bills. We have a lot of friends—no real enemies tho there are some who aren’t exactly rooting hard for us; we have quiet faith that gives us strength; so—when we count our blessings we’ve got to count on a long long time.
How do I love you? Let me count the ways—one, er, ah, lets’ see—I’m not good at that. But I love you very much. Have for more than 42 years and will for the next howmsoever many lie ahead. I can’t ever say it too well, but you know that, don’t ya?
Source: George Bush, All The Best, My Life in Letters and Other Writings (New York: Scribner, 1999), 357.
Leadership is listening then acting. Leadership means respect for the other person’s point of view, weighing it, then driven by one’s own convictions acting according to those convictions.
If you can’t listen, you can’t lead.
Humor brings joy and helps make life sing; but if that humor is mean spirited or hurtful of another the lightness and the laugh give way to embarrassment and resentment.
On the domestic side jobs, but jobs in an America that is free of drugs, that is literate, that is tolerant. On the Foreign policy side—peace, but peace in a world that offers more freedom, more democracy to the people of the world.
Source: George Bush, All The Best, My Life in Letters and Other Writings (New York: Scribner, 1999), 351.
The way we define “leadership” in America today is a funny thing. It demands strength, steadfastness, and resolve, as well as an unwavering focus on the duties at hand. But it also involves visible displays of emotion, empathy, compassion, and sorrow—softer qualities that may conflict with the toughness we expect from our leaders.
Source: Scott McClellan, What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception (New York, PublicAffairs, 2008), 282.