Having spawned a U.S. senator, a governor and two U.S. presidents, the Bush family know all about the power of words. And there’s one particular phrase that has proven to be a great source of comfort for the Bushes following the loss of its two most senior figures. So here’s a look at the heartrending story behind the unusual expression.
The Bush family’s rise to power began with Prescott Bush in the mid-20th century. Formerly an executive investment banker on the New York Stock Exchange, Prescott was elected in 1952 to act for Connecticut in the U.S. Senate. He then helped to launch the Interstate Highway System, among other things, during his two-term run, which came to an end in 1963.
But Prescott’s achievements were later dwarfed by those of his son and grandson. For one thing, his son, George H. W. Bush, was born in 1924 and served in the Navy during World War II. And after graduating from Yale University, George H. W. also pursued a career in the oil industry. Then, having amassed a seven-figure net worth by the time he’d turned 40, Bush switched his attention to the world of politics.