Aggie remembers working for President Bush in the 1980s

Published: Dec. 7, 2018 at 6:13 PM CST
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The 41st President of the United States appointed a number of prolific people to various positions during his time in office and beyond. Some of those people still serve here in Aggieland.

Fred McClure served as a senior member of President George H.W. Bush's staff. If you get McClure talking about President Bush, you’ll get a large smile and nothing but kind words, funny stories and sincere sense of love for a man he says was one of this nation’s greatest leaders.

“From his initial decision to join the navy in World War II to running and being the Harris County GOP chairman and then running for Congress and the Senate and then being willing to step up when other presidents asked him to do things," said McClure.

McClure, a graduate of Texas A&M, served as a senior member of the white house staff, advising President Ronald Reagan and Bush 41.

“In December of 88, he asked me to come to the White House and be in charge of legislative affairs, so I went to the White House and was his lobbyist for the first three years of his term.”

McClure says his time at the White House with Bush was always professional, but the president had a way of keeping the laughs going despite difficulties in politics.

“He said something to me to the effect of 'you know Fred, why don’t we just chuck it, get out and go on Air Force One and head to College Station'.”

McClure says he’ll always remember the man and his compassion.

“They value loyalty needless to say a great deal and they are very family oriented and as a result, the Bush’s had a tendency to embrace the family.”

McClure currently serves as the Executive Director of Leadership Initiatives at the Office of the Provost at Texas A&M University

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