Remembering George H. W. Bush and his University of Michigan commencement speech
George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States passed away _________ leaving his many years in American Politics to the history books.
Departing from his notable business success in the mid-sixties, Bush quickly rose the in the ranks of American politics reaching Vice President under Ronald Reagan's two terms, then being elected as President in 1989.
Halfway through his term Bush was invited by then University of Michigan President James Duderstadt to speak at the 1991 spring commencement. His 20-minute address to students, on a cool blue-sky Ann Arbor afternoon emphasized an importance on entrepreneurial freedom, free speech, and creating a "community of commitment and trust".
Read the entire transcript of Bush's commencement remarks or view a video from the ceremony below (note that the first 6 minutes are blacked out).
A few shorts hours following the conclusion of his speech which dared students to serve others to set an example for future generations Bush was rushed to Bethesda Naval Hospital after suffering physical symptoms including an irregular heart. However, it was only a short hospital stay for the President who was treated and diagnosed with Graves' disease before returning to the Oval Office a few days later.