NBC Politics Flashback: The Bush Family Legacy

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This year marks a milestone for the Bush family: the 25th anniversary of President George H. W. Bush’s presidency. The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation is celebrating the 41st president’s legacy with a series of events this weekend, starting tomorrow.

One of the most closely-watched speakers is sure to be Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, whom many consider a possible frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, if he decides to run. But George H.W. Bush’s children, including of course the 43rd President, George W. Bush, have been part of their father’s public image long before they had political careers of their own.

In 1986, NBC’s TODAY Show profiled the four sons of Vice President Bush, who was then running for President, noting that despite living in four different states, all had been backing their father throughout the election season. The five men appeared on the program to celebrate Father’s Day. Gathered in front of a camera in NBC’s Washington bureau, the five men shared fond memories of spending quality time with their parents growing up, and joked about bothering their father for advice constantly despite his White House schedule. Though George W. Bush was still in the oil business in Texas at the time, he and Jeb both showed signs of political aspirations, as they noted the pressure of carrying the Bush name on the national stage.

You can watch that moment courtesy of NBCUniversal Archives, along with the entire 1986 TODAY show interview, in the clip below.