One of the most memorable days of my life was the privilege of assisting Governor and Mrs. David M. Beasley host President George H.W. Bush at the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion. I have other candid shots of President Bush sitting on the floor with the Beasley children and me playing marbles and spinning a yo-yo.

President George H.W. Bush was a highly decorated Navy pilot who flew in World War II, ultimately becoming America’s forty-first Commander in Chief. When this picture was taken, Senator Strom Thurmond was standing beside the photographer cracking jokes. President Bush was dishing ‘em right back. As hard as I tried, I could not maintain my composure.

Truly, a gem of a gentleman who loved his Heavenly Father, his family, his fellow man, and our flag.

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