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Jules Witcover: Making of the Bush political dynasty

As the senior President George Bush, 91, reflects on his political career, he may well smile at the circumstances that in time led to the current prospect of the nation's first three-president dynasty. The narrative began with his failed 1980 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, after which he finally agreed to be Ronald Reagan's running mate and eventually his successor in the Oval Office. The genial man known as "Poppy" in the Bush family originally was openly disdainful of the notion of being vice president, which proved to be his stepping stone to the presidency. In that 1980 race against Reagan for the presidency, he often brushed aside questions of...

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