How George H.W. Bush Became a Democrat
America’s center-left resisted his approach to foreign policy—and eventually adopted it as their own.
Reflecting on the life of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, one immediately thinks of his fundamental decency, his dedication to service, his skill at relationships, and his magnanimity in victory and defeat. Yet for a politician who spent decades as a proud Republican stalwart, one of Bush’s more unexpected legacies will be his enduring inspiration as a foreign-policy leader for Democrats.
Ask a Democratic foreign-policy expert which presidents they most admire. They will likely answer Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy… and George H.W. Bush.