President George W. Bush hosts special session with Bush School students and veterans

November 13, 2014

George W Bush 43 discusses his book on his father, George HW Bush

On November 11, 2014, Bush School students and Texas A&M University student veterans were treated to a special session with George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, for the launch of his new book, 41: A Portrait of My Father.  The invitation-only event was held at the George Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Texas.

41: A Portrait of My Father is a “personal biography” of the life of George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States.  The book covers the elder Bush’s personal life and career, including his service in the Pacific during World War II; his pioneering work in the Texas oil business; and his political rise as a congressman, US representative to China and the United Nations, CIA director, vice president, and president.

President George W. Bush remarked during the session that the book is more than just an “objective biography.”  It also serves a “love letter” to his father and his father’s influence on him throughout his own life, and offers an intimate and unique perspective on the events that shaped both men’s lives.  President George W. Bush said he was inspired to write his father’s biography after hearing someone remark that they would have loved to read a biography of John Adams—the 2nd President of the United States—written by his son, John Quincy Adams—the 6th President of the United States.

During the special session, President George W. Bush fielded questions from the audience with his trademark wit, humor, and honesty. He stressed the importance of family as well as the difficult balancing act of serving the country and being a good husband and father.  He also discussed the importance of his faith and sense of humor during his frenetic and stressful two terms in office.

President George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, were also in attendance at the event.  President George W. Bush took the opportunity to poke fun at his childhood.

“People are always asking me if I had always wanted to be president,” Bush said.  “I tell them that if I had always wanted to be president, I would have behaved better in my younger years.  Right, Mom?”

Immediately following the student session, a second event featured a moderated discussion between President George W. Bush and his former White House chief of staff, Andrew Card Jr., who also previously served as the dean of the Bush School.

“Hosting President George W. Bush at Texas A&M on the day 41 is released and sharing that day with his father, the subject of the biography, is a momentous occasion in the seventeen-year history of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum,” said Frederick D. McClure, CEO of the George Bush Foundation.

Copies of 41: A Portrait of My Father are available for purchase at the George Bush Presidential Library and on 


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