Frank Sesno: Bush Loved Dealing with the Press and He ‘Respected’ the Institution’ of the Press

‘He may have lacked the vision thing, but he had a lot of issues he cared about, and he was quite comfortable expressing them’

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SESNO: “Well, look. George Herbert walker bush, like no president, especially loves dealing with the press. They’re there to kind of annoy you and we did that. But he respected the institution, I think. He didn’t love sitting down for interviews. He didn’t love submitting himself to that. He kind of felt in some ways that that process in some ways was just a nuisance. But I think Charles is exactly right. He was accessible. He did do interviews. We interviewed him, Charles and I together, and I know Sam and others many times. He did news conferences. Of course, this was a different environment. A media ecosystem when George Herbert walker bush was president. There were formal news conferences before the age of the Internet and before cable exploded into what it is now. So he had — he may have lacked the vision thing, but he had a lot of issues he cared about, and he was quite comfortable expressing them. Sometimes awkwardly. But trying to express them through the journalists and media who attended.”

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