Another Big One: Fmr President George H.W. Bush Formally Endorses Romney

Gov Mitt Romney met with former President George H W Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush last December. (Photo AP/Pat Sullivan)


Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced the support of former President George H.W. Bush:

“As a naval aviator, congressman, ambassador, CIA director, vice president, and president, George H.W. Bush served our country with great devotion and high distinction over many decades. When we talk about the Greatest Generation, we are talking about those like President Bush, who, after Pearl Harbor, enlisted in our armed forces and served with unflinching courage during World War II. This is a man who knows from the ground up – and from the top down – the meaning of responsibility in exercising leadership in our democracy. I am proud to have him as my mentor. Ann and I are grateful to be able to call Barbara and George our good friends. There is no greater honor than earning President Bush’s endorsement and I am grateful for all George and Barbara have done.”

(emphasis added)

FOX News aired the endorsement LIVE this afternoon. This important news, combined with yesterday’s backing from Senator Marco Rubio and the recent endorsement from Jeb Bush, underscores the flood of sentiment that it’s time to end the primary season, rally around Romney, and get ready to battle Obama.

When video becomes available, we’ll post it. Check back for updates!

UPDATE - Maggie Haberman – Politico

George H.W. Bush, re-endorsing Mitt Romney today in Texas and making it formal for the first time – complete with live Fox News footage – was egged on by his wife Barbara:

“Aren’t you going to sing a song for us? Know when to fold ‘em?” she asked her husband, per POLITICO’s Reid Epstein.

“Yeah,” he said. “I do think it’s time for the party to get behind Gov. Romney. And she was reminding me Kenny Rogers sang, ‘It’s time when to hold ‘em and time when to fold ‘em.’ Well I think it’s time for people to all get behind this good man…We’re so convinced and we’ve known Mitt for a very long time, that he’s the man to do this job and get on and win the presidency, and that’s about it. And with no further ado, here’s the man.”

UPDATE 2 - Apparently President Bush 41 loves socks with pizazz. At their meeting today in Texas, he presented Romney with a pair (love it!):

Photo taken by D G Jackson (Mitt Body Man) March 29, 2012 (Click on photo to enlarge.)

UPDATE 3 – Video of the endorsement (FOX didn’t cut away soon enough to get the first part of the endorsement. I’ll try to locate video of the entire event.):


UPDATE 4 – Here’s CNN’s video (Pres Bush speaks; Barbara Bush sings Ann Romney’s praises!):

UPDATE 5 – The Daily Caller is reporting a Paul Ryan endorsement of Mitt Romney is imminent. If true, this would be another breathtaking endorsement! Details here.



► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt and Ann Romney Attend ‘Points of Light’ Gala Honoring Volunteerism, Pres and Mrs. George H. W. Bush

Mitt and Ann Romney attend the 'Points of Light' Dinner honoring President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush. Washington DC, March 20, 2011

Mitt and Ann Romney attended the prestigious Points of Light gala honoring President George H. W. Bush. Held in the Kennedy Performing Arts Center (Washington D.C.) on Sunday, March 20, 2011, the All Together Now: A Celebration of Service event was a historic night celebrating the essential role volunteerism plays in strengthening America.


Along with 2300 attendees, three of the four sitting presidents were present (Obama was traveling in South America; he taped a video tribute to President Bush.) Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, Darius Rucker, Reba McEntire, and Carrie Underwood were among the entertainers.

Points of Light blog:

[...] Tonight we honor President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush for their leadership in founding and advancing the modern-day service movement in the Tribute event All Together Now: A Celebration of Service in Washington, D.C.
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This historic event was created to celebrate the power of voluntary action and its essential role in solving our national challenges and to recognize everyone around the nation who are positively changing the lives of others. The audience is made up of many of the Daily Points of Light Award winners along with those who are closely connected to the service movement.

In a Fox News interview earlier this month President George H. W. Bush discussed the importance of volunteering and specifically Points of Light Institute saying: “I keep repeating there could be no definition of a successful life that does not include service to others. That is what the whole concept of Points of Light is about and volunteerism.”

President George H. W. Bush encourages everyone to get involved in civic service: “Get in the arena in doing something, making something happen, trying to benefit others, and that’s noble.”

Geroge H. W. Bush served as Pres Reagan's Vice President. In 1989, he succeeded Reagan in the presidency.

Neil Bush, son of the elder President Bush and Points of Light Board Chairman, said that his father helped launch the Points of Light Institute in 1990 “to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world.”

Bush’s commitment to public service dates back to World War II, when he became the youngest fighter pilot in the U.S. military. He followed his father, a Connecticut senator, into elective office as a Republican congressman from Houston from 1967 to 1971. Among the other lines on his long résumé: U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Republican National Committee chairman, U.S. envoy to China, CIA director, vice president and president.

Read more here.

Honoring President Bush: The Event

According to son Neil, the ever-modest elder President Bush needed a little arm twisting to go along with the celebration[...]. But he agreed to attend, given that the night is also about so many others who volunteer their time to their communities.

Not to be overlooked, former First Lady Barbara Bush has been a powerful advocate for family literacy:


The Points of Light gala will be broadcast for all to watch on Monday March 28th from 8-9 p.m. on NBC.

Thank you, President George H. W. Bush, for championing volunteerism. We greatly appreciate the exemplary service you and Mrs. Bush continue to give our nation.

UPDATE: It was an honor to see this article mentioned on the Points of Light Institute website!

► Jayde Wyatt