July 1, 1991

Bush nominates Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court to fill the seat vacated by Thurgood Marshall. The nomination comes under criticism when a former employee of Thomas, Anita Hill, alleges that he sexually harassed her.


Aerial view of Walker's Point, Kennebunkport, ME, August 15, 1990
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Aerial view of Walker's Point, Kennebunkport, ME, August 15, 1990
October 31, 1991

A Nor'easter, later depicted in the movie The Perfect Storm, slams the Bush home at Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Maine.


December 2, 1991

John Sununu, who delivered New Hampshire for Bush in 1988, is forced to resign as Bush's chief of staff amid accusations that he misused federal funds -- most notably, using government aircraft to get to his dental appointments in New Hampshire.


President Bush during his reelection campaign, Oct. 29, 1992
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President Bush during his reelection campaign, Oct. 29, 1992
February 1992

President Bush announces his candidacy for re-election. Pat Buchanan, a speechwriter for former Republican presidents, challenges Bush in the primaries. Though Bush beats Buchanan, the challenge highlights a widening divide within the Republican Party and saps the Bush campaign of resources and energy heading into the general election.


April, 29, 1992

Riots break out in Los Angeles after four policemen caught on videotape beating a black man, Rodney King, are acquitted of the charges. Bush is criticized for his slow and, to many, inadequate reaction.


October 1, 1992

Wealthy businessman Ross Perot re-enters the presidential race as a third party candidate. After declaring his candidacy in February, Perot had dropped out in July, but rejoins the race in October. Perot will ultimately win 19 percent of the popular vote in November -- making him the most successful third-party candidate since the election of 1912.


November 4, 1992

Democratic candidate William J. Clinton defeats Bush and becomes the 42nd President of the United States.


Vice President Bush with his mother, Dorothy Walker Bush, at Walker's Point, Kennebunkport, ME
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Vice President Bush with his mother, Dorothy Walker Bush, at Walker's Point, Kennebunkport, ME
November 19, 1992

Bush's mother, Dorothy Walker Bush, dies. His daughter Doro will later write, "It's still moving to think I was there when my father said good-bye to his mother, the woman who had the biggest impact on his life. I believe that to be true because my dad's life was not defined by the political system he navigated, but by the set of beliefs his mother taught him."


George H.W. Bush, his wife Barbara, son George W., and daughter-in-law Laura at Bush's 75th birthday celebration
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George H.W. Bush, his wife Barbara, son George W., and daughter-in-law Laura at Bush's 75th birthday celebration
January 20, 2001

 Bush attends the inauguration of his son, George W. Bush, as the 43rd President of the United States. It is the first time a father and son have both been elected president since John and John Quincy Adams almost 200 years before. The family refers to them as "41" and "43."


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