I met President George H. W. Bush for only a minute a long, long time ago, but I still remember his diplomatic polish when I slightly blindsided him.
When I was in law school, my Constitutional Law professor was Philip Bobbitt, LBJ’s nephew. He was, if I remember correctly, a very good teacher. He was also — as you can imagine — politically well-connected.
So it was that, when then-Vice President George H. W. Bush came to town to give a speech, Professor Bobbitt announced to the class that, if any of us were willing to do a little bit of work, such as helping people to their seats, we could attend the talk for free. Free? Count me in.
I remember absolutely nothing about Vice President Bush’s talk. I was a Democrat then and, while I had nothing of the hostility towards Republicans that today’s Democrats display, I wasn’t a fan. I was also very non-political at the time. My Democrat political leanings were knee-jerk, not informed, so anything substantive he had to say almost certainly shot over my head. [Read more…]