As VP, George HW Bush Enjoyed A Rare Relationship With President Ronald Reagan

Melissa Binns

Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan speaks at a rally for Senator Durenberger February 8, 1982./Portrait of the forty-first president of the United States George Bush, circa 1989.

In the wake of George H.W. Bush’s passing, people are remembering his life and career. While he was eventually elected president, many forget that he first served as vice president to Ronald Reagan. The two had a complicated relationship as they began as competitors. According to the New York Times, both Reagan and Bush were vying for the Republican party presidential nomination. While the two weren’t exactly best friends to begin with, Bush officially was on Reagan’s bad side after he famously referred to the policies Reagan was advocating for as “voodoo economics.” When Gerald Ford ended up declining Reagan’s offer to be vice president, however, Reagan turned to Bush.

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