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10 Things You Should Know About George H.W. Bush, But You Probably Don’t.

J.L. Pattison
Dec 2, 2018 · 6 min read

The great American memory hole has a way of swallowing up inconvenient facts like Hungry, Hungry Hippos swallow little white marbles.

But thankfully, not everything stays hidden. Here—in order of chronology—are ten facts about George HW Bush that have been salvaged from the dank recesses of the memory hole.

Courtesy of David Beale via Unsplash

1. Prescott Bush, Adolph Hitler, and an Unsuccessful American Coup D’état (1933 and 1942)

George HW Bush’s father, Prescott Bush, was one of the financial backers of the 1933 attempted coup d’état of a United States president.

The plan, known as “The Business Plot,” was a bonafide conspiracy to take down President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The plot was foiled, however, when retired USMC Major General Smedley Butler refused to go along with the plan and, instead, exposed it.

Remarkably, Prescott Bush avoided any repercussions for his treason and continued his business as usual until 1942 when some of his assets were seized under the Trading With the Enemy Act for his profiting from dealings with companies that directly funded Adolph Hitler and his war machine.

The fact that you probably never heard of these things before is a staggering indictment of our public education system.

2. Skull & Bones (Class of 1948) and Bohemian Grove (1973)

George HW Bush became a member of the secretive Skull and Bones Society while he was attending Yale, and later joined the Bohemian Grove.

3. Operation Zapata (1961)

The failed Bay of Pigs invasion oF 1961 was a CIA regime-changing operation codenamed Operation Zapata. And — although the official historical narrative claims George HW Bush was not an employee of the CIA at that time — it just so happens that the codename Zapata was also the name of Bush’s petroleum company.

And if that isn’t enough of a coincidence, two of the ships used in the Operation Zapata invasion were named the Houston (where Bush lived at the time) and the Barbra (his wife’s name).

Internal FBI memos confirm George HW Bush was indeed part of the CIA long before he become the director in 1976.

4. George HW Bush and a Successful American Coup D’état (1963)

Unlike most people alive at the time (who can tell you with absolute assurance where they were and what they were doing when they heard about JFK’s murder), there remains a cloud of uncertainty about George HW Bush’s whereabouts.

This includes whether or not he remembers where he was that day, and his phone call to the FBI after the assassination, advising them he was in Tyler, Texas. It is nothing less than suspicious that there’s so much mystery to where Bush was on that day.

And the suspicions surrounding the obscurity of his whereabouts on 11/22/63 is further fueled by this photo taken moments after JFK was shot, showing a man in front of the Texas School Book Depository bearing a striking resemblance to the 39-year old George HW Bush.

Researchers believe the man in this picture (far left) is George HW Bush.

5. The Failed Assassination of President Reagan (1981)

It was a cool, overcast day in Washington D.C. on March 30, 1981, when President Ronald Reagan was leaving a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel. On his way to the limo, shots rang out, hitting and injuring several people, including President Reagan.

Only 70 days into Reagan’s presidency, Vice President George HW Bush nearly became president, but that did not occur because Reagan survived his injuries.

John Hinckley Jr. was the man apprehended, charged, and later convicted of the shooting. And it just so happens that the shooter’s father, John Hinckley Senior, was friends with none other than . . . George HW Bush.

You read that right. Vice President George HW Bush, the man who stood the most to gain from President Reagan’s death (much like Lyndon Johnson did with JFK in 1963), was friends with the shooter’s family.

The Hinckley’s were regular contributors to Bush’s campaigns over the years and here was one of the Hinckley sons attempting to commit an act that would immediately thrust family friend, George HW Bush, into the highest office in the land.

So close were these two families, in fact, that John Hinckley Senior’s other son, Scott Hinckley (the accused shooter’s brother), was scheduled to have dinner with George HW Bush’s son, Neil Bush, the following night (March 31, 1981).

It never ceases to amaze me how many connections there are between key figures in many of America’s political assassinations (and attempted assassinations). The probability of these connections is mathematically astounding, like how George HW Bush and Lee Harvey Oswald shared a mutual friend. Simply amazing.

6. No Lives Matter (1988)

On July 3, 1988, the US Navy warship USS Vincennes was in Iranian territorial water when it fired a surface-to-air-missile at a Dubai-bound commercial passenger plane. Iran Air Flight 655 was shot out of the sky killing all passengers on board, including 66 children. The US claimed it was a case of mistaken identity.

A month later, during a campaign rally on August 02, 1988, George HW Bush said in regards to this tragedy:

“I will never apologize for the United States — I don’t care what the facts are. . . . I’m not an apologize-for-America kind of guy.”

7. Read My Lips (1988)

There’s an old saying that you can tell when a politician is lying by whether or not his lips are moving. And the same goes for George HW Bush’s 1988 presidential campaign promise of, “Read my lips: no new taxes.” That promise only lasted until 1990 when, now President George HW Bush, compromised with the Democratically-controlled Congress to increase existing taxes.

I suppose an argument could be made that he was telling the truth. After all, these weren’t “new” taxes, just an increase to the same “old” taxes.

8. Midnight Whitehouse Tours (1989)

In June of 1989, The Washington Times reported that a “Homosexual prostitution inquiry ensnares VIPs with Reagan, Bush.”

Image of Washington Times newspaper circa 1989

9. Operation Just Cause (1989–1990)

President George HW Bush sent the US military into the country of Panama to arrest Manuel Noriega. And similar to sending a herd of blind bulls into a China shop to catch one housefly, the destruction and human death toll to capture Noriega was staggering.

Estimates approximate anywhere between 300 to 3,000 Panamanians lost their lives, and 20,000 lost their homes.

In the end, Noriega was convicted on eight counts of drug trafficking, money laundering, and racketeering.

Of note: Any action taken to stop the CIA from smuggling cocaine into the US during this same time period never got any traction. But that’s a different article for a different time.

10. #HimToo (2017)

The year before his death, several women came forward alleging George HW Bush groped them.

The illusion of choice: courtesy of The Excavator (Disquiet Reservations Blog)

“If the American people ever find out what we have done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us.”

— George H.W. Bush (1992)

If you’re interested in further study of George HW Bush, not the whitewash, revisionist history you’re used to, then check out the following resources:


Family of Secrets by Russ Baker

The Bush Crime Family by Roger Stone

The Franklin Scandal by Nick Bryant

The Franklin Cover-Up by John W. DeCamp


Dark Legacy

The Panama Deception

Who Took Johnny?

J.L. Pattison voted for George H.W. Bush in 1992, and his son, George W. Bush, twice. However, since being awakened to the fact that the right wing and the left wing are part of the same bird, he has since stopped voting for the “lesser of two evils.”

J.L. Pattison

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A mildly melancholic, mostly misanthropic contrarian who cherishes life, liberty, and lattes. He turns coffee and sweet tea into books at

J.L. Pattison

Written by

A mildly melancholic, mostly misanthropic contrarian who cherishes life, liberty, and lattes. He turns coffee and sweet tea into books at

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