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 dynasty, following the loss of its two most senior figures. Here’s a look at the heartrending story behind the phrase.
The Bush family’s rise to power began with Prescott Bush in the mid-20th century. Formerly an executive investment banker on Wall Street, Prescott was elected to represent Connecticut in the U.S. Senate in 1952. He helped to launch the Interstate Highway System during his two-term run, before retiring in 1963.
But Prescott’s achievements were later dwarfed by those of his son and grandson. George H.W. Bush, who was born in 1924, served in the Navy during World War II and after graduating from Yale University pursued a career in the oil industry. Having amassed a seven-figure net worth by the time he’d turned 40, Bush then switched his attention to the world of politics.