Formative Experiences

Michael F. Cairo

in The Gulf

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780813136721
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813141275 | DOI:
Formative Experiences

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Drawing on the introductory chapter’s discussion of “enlightened” realism and “cowboy” liberalism, this chapter compares and contrasts the lives and experiences of George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, beginning to illustrate the contrasts between these two presidents. Shifting back and forth between the lives of the two men, the chapter begins by examining George H.W. Bush’s call to service. It then turns to George W. Bush’s Midland, Texas upbringing and the impact that Midland had on his development. From there, the chapter compares George H.W. Bush’s successes and seemingly natural rise to the presidency with George W. Bush’s more difficult rise to the presidency. Drawing on these observations, the chapter begins to make the case for the two men’s contrasting worldviews.

Keywords: George H.W. Bush; George W. Bush; Midland, Texas

Chapter.  5380 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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