POV | Bill Lamb

WDRB President and General Manager 

It might have been a year ago, Jerry Abramson told me about a good book he was reading. It was called "Destiny and Power" by Jon Meacham, and it is a biography on George H. W. Bush. It was a very good read. Obviously, I lived through Bush's vice-presidency and his term as president. But I learned a lot about him from the book.

I didn't know that when the Berlin Wall fell, many people were encouraging him to go over there and celebrate, take credit, spike the ball. He was told that doing nothing made him look weak. He needed to show strength. But he didn't think that was prudent. He knew what few others knew: that Mikhail Gorbachev was wrestling with some hard-line communists in Russia, and he didn't want to antagonize them or goad them into a war-like reaction. If he had publicly gloated, as so many critics wanted him to, the outcome might have been much different. His maturity and work behind the scenes, taking little credit at all, might have made a bigger difference than we will ever know.

George H.W. Bush was a man as prepared to be president as any president in our history, and he was also arguably the best one-term president we've ever had. He was sincere, humble and a true patriot.

History will be kind to him.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.

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