On his nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Mark Levin Show” Wednesday night, host Mark Levin said that the now-departed former U.S. President George H.W. Bush was “incredibly loyal to Ronald Reagan.”
“Bush did turn out to be an incredibly good vice president – incredibly loyal to Ronald Reagan, through thick and thin,” Mark Levin said. “And that was a— You know, that’s a very, very important aspect of one’s character, particularly a politician.”
Levin’s remarks came after former President Bush’s funeral on Wednesday. Bush, who was the 41st president of the United States, died on Sunday, Nov. 30. After reading from a Washington Post article titled, “The forgotten story of how George H.W. Bush won over Ronald Reagan,” Levin, who worked in the administration of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, described his memories of the days of Bush’s vice presidency under Reagan.
Below is a transcript of Levin’s remarks from his show on Wednesday:
“I remember those days. I’d sent a Western Union telegram – at the time that’s what you did; you know, there were no iPhones, or anything like that – to Sen. Paul Laxalt of Nevada – unfortunately, he recently passed away – wishing him the best of luck, and that I hoped the president would choose him as his running mate. And he was actually preferred by Nancy Reagan.
“But Bush did turn out to be an incredibly good vice president – incredibly loyal to Ronald Reagan, through thick and thin. And that was a— You know, that’s a very, very important aspect of one’s character, particularly a politician.
“But I don’t want you to think that George H.W. Bush gollied his way throughout politics. He was a tough dude, and he was a tough campaigner. And he, and particularly his hack friend, James A. Baker, they were not playing by Queensberry Rules all the time. He was tough in that primary against Reagan. He was tough in the election against Dukakis, and he needed to be – and he needed to be.
“And he had a lot of friends, and he would make a lot of – he built a lot of bridges after they were burned down.”