News from the Bush School

Bush School Alum Featured in CNN Film about President George H.W. Bush

June 03, 2014

Sarah Jackson

Bush School graduate Sarah Jackson is one of 41 family members, friends and associates of the 41st president featured in the new documentary “41ON41” which premieres worldwide on CNN on June 15th at 8 p.m., central time, with an encore performance at 10 p.m. 

Three days prior to the Father’s Day evening broadcast, on June 12, 2014, President Bush will celebrate his 90th birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine, with family, friends, and former colleagues from his White House years.

Funded by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, this extraordinary profile reveals the president through first-person accounts of public and personal life experiences from 41 people who have been associated with him throughout his life. The “storytellers” include Bush family members, long-time colleagues such as former secretary of state James Baker, press secretary Marlin Fitzwater, and his long-time and current chief of staff, Jean Becker; President Bill Clinton, noted broadcaster Tom Brokaw, and even Dana Carvey, whose imitation of the President on Saturday Night Live became a classic television moment.

Bush Foundation CEO Fred McClure said the goal of the film is to present President Bush through the stories of his life. “It is more than a recounting of history – it is an engaging and uplifting profile of one of our greatest citizens that no American will want to miss,” McClure said. Currently Director of Public Affairs for the Dallas Citizens Council, Sarah Jackson has been a communications professional for almost ten years, during which time she held a number of key positions in Washington, DC.  She has worked for members of Congress, as well as in the Office of Media Affairs in the U.S. State Department where she collaborated on strategic media initiatives for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes, and other senior officials.

Jackson, who graduated in 2011 from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University with a master’s in public service and administration, first met the President during her orientation weekend at the School.  “I was impressed that President Bush took the time to ask us what we hoped for our futures and said how happy he was to have us at his school,” Jackson said.  “Meeting Mrs. Bush later in the day was an added bonus.”

Throughout her time at the Bush School, Jackson says she met the President several times, including a memorable trip to an Astros game with him and fellow students.

“I have a number of happy memories of the President,” says Jackson.  “I respect him as a remarkable leader and public servant, yet his sense of humor and easy conversation always made me and my fellow students feel comfortable in his presence.  He is always so interested in what you are doing.  That sincere interest in others is a rare quality, and I think it is a hallmark of President Bush’s character,” she added.

Additional details on the film can be found at