George H.W. Bush's Life in Newsweek Covers

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George H.W. Bush's Life in Newsweek Covers Newsweek / Photo by Dave Valdez - The White House

George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died at the age of 94 on Friday. From 1987 to 1992, Newsweek featured first the vice president and then later president on its cover four times. Perhaps one of the most controversial covers—on October 19, 1987, right after Bush had announced he was running for president—questioned his strength as a politician and presidential candidate, calling Bush's greatest challenge his "wimp factor."

Not quite a year later, in the August 22, 1988 issue, Newsweek interviewed the now-nominated Republican candidate on his strategy to defeat Democrat Michael Dukakis. Next, a few months later in November, a deep dive into "How Bush Won" with "The Inside Story of Campaign '88" was on the cover. Finally, in the issue dated December 10, 1990—two years into Bush's first and only presidential term—Newsweek's cover quoted the president's speech announcing war on Iraq: "This will not be another Vietnam."

The last "Bush" Newsweek cover was on March 30, 1992, which featured a picture not of the sitting president, but of a young Bill Clinton with the text: "Can He Beat Bush?"

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Featured on the cover of the August 22, 1988 issue, Newsweek interviewed then-Republican candidate George H.W. Bush on his strategy to defeat Democrat Michael Dukakis. Newsweek / Photo by Michael O'Neill
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Featured on the cover of the August 22, 1988 issue, Newsweek interviewed then-Republican candidate George H.W. Bush on his strategy to defeat Democrat Michael Dukakis. Newsweek / Photo by Michael O'Neill
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The Newsweek cover story from November 21, 1988, weeks after George H.W. Bush was elected president: "The Inside Story of Campaign '88." Newsweek / Photo by John Ficara
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The Newsweek issue dated December 10 1990, quoting President Bush's speech which announced war on Iraq: "This will not be another Vietnam." Newsweek
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The final "Bush" Newsweek cover from March 30, 1992 featured not the sitting president, but his successor, Bill Clinton. Newsweek / Photo by Eddie Adams
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Featured on the cover of the October 19, 1987 issue, Perhaps one of the most controversial covers, right after Bush had announced he was running for president—questioned his strength as a politician and presidential candidate, calling Bush's greatest challenge his "wimp factor."Newsweek / Photo by Dave Valdez--the White House

Featured on the cover of the October 19, 1987 issue, Perhaps one of the most controversial covers, right after Bush had announced he was running for president—questioned his strength as a politician and presidential candidate, calling Bush's greatest challenge his "wimp factor."

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Featured on the cover of the August 22, 1988 issue, Newsweek interviewed then-Republican candidate George H.W. Bush on his strategy to defeat Democrat Michael Dukakis.Newsweek / Photo by Michael O'Neill
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The Newsweek cover story from November 21, 1988, weeks after George H.W. Bush was elected president: "The Inside Story of Campaign '88."Newsweek / Photo by John Ficara
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The Newsweek issue dated December 10 1990, quoting President Bush's speech which announced war on Iraq: "This will not be another Vietnam."Newsweek
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The final "Bush" Newsweek cover from March 30, 1992 featured not the sitting president, but his successor, Bill Clinton.Newsweek / Photo by Eddie Adams