Bush, George H. W. (ON HOLD)


1980 TLS as Republican VP nominee 10 days before Election Day expressing (deserved) optimism!


Type: Letter
Description: (1924-2018) Texas US Rep, US Ambassador to China & UN, US VP 1981-89 (Reagan), President 1989-1993. Father of President George W. Bush (2001-09) and Florida governor and 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush.  After Nixon won a landslide victory in 1972, he appointed Bush RNC Chair, charged with fundraising, candidate recruitment, and appearing on behalf of the GOP in the media. During his RNC tenure, the Watergate scandal emerged, originating from the June 1972 break-in of the Democratic National Committee HQ and later efforts by Nixon and other White House members to cover up the break-in. Bush initially defended Nixon steadfastly, but as Nixon’s complicity became clear he focused more on defending the Party. After it was confirmed that Nixon plotted to use the CIA to cover up the Watergate break-in, Bush joined other Party leaders in urging Nixon to resign. Later in 1974, President Ford, who nominated Nelson Rockefeller as his VP, named a disappointed Bush chief of the US Liaison Office in Beijing, senior US representative in China.

TLS “George” on 10 x 7 ¼ personal office letterhead, Houston, October 25 1980, to Barnee Breeskin, Washington. Bush thanks his old friend for writing and for information on (actress) Gloria Swanson. Importantly, he adds: “The campaign is in the final stretch and I’m optimistic.” The 49th quadrennial presidential election was held Tuesday, November 4, 1980, with the GOP Reagan-Bush ticket defeating the incumbent Democratic Carter-Mondale ticket  in a landslide victory.

Barnee Breeskin (1910-1989) 1930-56 orchestra leader at the famous Washington DC Shoreham Hotel’s Blue Room. In 1938, he wrote and obtained the copyright for the music for “Hail to the Redskins”, the Washington Football Team’s former fight song. Breeskin was associated with the “Redskins” since the team moved from Boston in 1937. He led the Redskin Wigwam Band, which played in a teepee high above old Griffith Stadium and was the team’s director of entertainment 1938-52. A long-time Washington PR executive, he led the Washington “Tent” (chapter) of the Circus Saints & Sinners Club of America, Inc., a national organization that raises money for local charities, up to his death.

Gloria Swanson (1899-1983) Actress, producer and business woman, first achieved fame acting in dozens of silent films in the 1920s, nominated three times for a Best Actress Oscar, most famously for her 1950 comeback in “Sunset Boulevard”, which also earned her a Golden Globe Award. A Republican politically, she supported Wendell Willkie in 1940 & 1944 and Barry Goldwater in 1964. In 1980, she chaired the New York chapter of “Seniors for Reagan-Bush”.

Condition: Very Good

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