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Opinion: The last time America fired a president

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Paul Begala writes the last time Americans voted out a sitting president was in 1992, an election George H.W. Bush lost to Bill Clinton. But rather than refuse to accept the results, Bush was dignity personified -- putting his love of country before his feelings of loss.

In the last 100 years, the only elected presidents to be voted out were Herbert Hoover, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush and, now, Donald Trump.

Former President George H. W. Bush, on the other hand, was dignity personified.

"Among the many memories from my first inauguration that I'll cherish for the rest of my life," Clinton recalled to me, "is the extraordinary graciousness that President and Mrs. Bush showed to Hillary, Chelsea and me on what had to have been an incredibly difficult day for them. "

"I'll never forget Mrs. Bush praising Chelsea, who was 12 at the time," Clinton told me, "for the way she handled herself so maturely through the crucible of the campaign.

And just as Clinton's first act as President was a tribute to Bush, his first few words as President included this praise for the man he had defeated: "On behalf of our Nation, I salute my predecessor, President Bush, for his half-century of service to America.

After Clinton's term, the two teamed up for disaster relief efforts, and Clinton made regular pilgrimages to the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, where the elder former president would impress the younger by slicing through the ocean at high speeds on his beloved boat.

For his part, Clinton clearly misses George H. W. and Barbara Bush.

Thinking back on the warmth they showed him on that chilly January day, he said, "President and Mrs. Bush were wonderful people and true patriots.

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