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George H.W. Bush attends the 1991 CMA Awards

We remember the 41st President of the United States, who has passed away at age 94. In 1991, he and his wife Barbara attended the CMA Awards as featured guests.

Upon accepting his award for Entertainer of the Year that evening, Garth Brooks famously said:

It’s funny how a chubby kid can just be having fun, and they call it entertaining. I know this embarrasses these two guys every time I say this, but I don’t think any entertainer is anything without his heroes. I love my Georges — George Strait and George Jones — and I want to thank you guys for being so good to me. No offense, Mr. President. I didn’t think about that. Sorry.

The host that evening, Reba McEntire, closed the show by inviting Mr. and Mrs. Bush to the stage. He gave some remarks:

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14 responses to “George H.W. Bush attends the 1991 CMA Awards

  1. Luckyoldsun December 1, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    RIP GHWB. I believe he and Jimmy Carter are the longest living presidents in American History.
    That show featured what I’d call one the most spectacular performances in the history of the CMAs: Mary Chapin Carpenter and Beausoleil doing “Down at the Twist and Shout,” with MCC “spontaneously” jumping into the crowd and approaching the Pres. and Mrs. Bush, surrounded by the then-country music royalty: George Strait, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash and June Carter in front, and Roy Acuff next to the First Lady and the President in the second row (along with a few others on camera who someone else might ID).

  2. Ken December 2, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    I feel fortunate to have been in the audience for that CMA show. I attended with my wife and it was a most memorable evening for both of us. At that time the awards were held at the Opry House and only CMA Members and special invited guests could attend. It was a much classier affair than the ridiculous screaming rock & roll arena exhibition that they now have.

    It was the first and only time a U.S. President has attended a CMA show. The Secret Service screening to get into the Opry House that night was a hassle but understandable. In that era the CMA Show was always a very exciting night with legends like Roy Acuff in the audience as well as the current superstars including host Reba McEntire and brand new up & comers like Garth Brooks. When the President and Mrs. Bush took the stage you could feel the excitement throughout the Opry House. His comments were spot on and the crowd loved him. He was a big fan and supporter of country music and you could tell that he was truly excited to be there. It was not just for a political “show.”

    President Bush was always an intelligent classy man, a superb statesman and he placed the needs of our country above his own. Looking back on his distinguished military and political career with all of the tributes that have aired on TV this weekend you realize how far the U.S. has fallen in the past two years.

    RIP Bush 41.

    • sszorin December 6, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      “President Bush was always an intelligent classy man, a superb statesman and he placed the needs of our country above his own.”
      No, just NO. None of the three alleged characteristics of President Bush, which you mentioned, correspond to reality. You are being naively and excessively generous with praises.

  3. Paul W Dennis December 4, 2018 at 1:21 am

    I think GHWB & GWB were the last two US Presidents that I would describe as thoroughly decent human beings.

    • Ken December 4, 2018 at 8:04 am

      I would add Barack Obama to that list. As a devoted family man he served as a great role model. No scandals and a superb judge of character as evidenced by the outstanding team he built for his administration. His steady hand and wise choices saved the U.S. from the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression. He was also highly respected by the leaders of other countries and by people throughout the world.

      In addition to being a thoroughly decent human being Barack Obama was truly one of our finest Presidents.

      • Michael A. December 4, 2018 at 3:49 pm

        Hear, hear. Couldn’t agree more, Ken.

        • Luckyoldsun December 4, 2018 at 4:16 pm

          Well, if we’re going to change this to a political site, I’m guessing everyone would consider Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan to be “thoroughly decent human beings.”
          So, since RMN it’s pretty much all the Presidents in the last 34 years, save for WJC and DJT–who both have their fans, as well as their non-fans.

        • sszorin December 6, 2018 at 5:45 pm

          @ Luckyoldsun – If Gerald Ford was “thoroughly decent human being” then this “decency” did not stop him from being a [let’s use the word] jackass.
          His public utterance during the televised presidential debate, : “There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe…”, most probably cost him being re-elected.

  4. Paul W Dennis December 5, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Since this isn’t a political blog, I’ll simply stand by my original comment and leave it at that

    • Ken December 5, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Your are certainly entitled to your opinion.

      However I don’t believe that only Presidents of one political party – or race – can be thoroughly decent human beings.

      • Paul W Dennis December 5, 2018 at 12:07 pm

        I agree – I think Harry Truman (who was President when I was born) was thoroughly honest. I think Eisenhower, Carter, Reagan & Ford were decent people.

        • sszorin December 6, 2018 at 5:56 pm

          Harry Truman ? – The guy who approved dropping atomic bombs on two Japanese cities ?
          Dwight D. Eisenhower ? – The guy who committed a big crime against humanity by starving to death over a million German POWs ?
          Jimmy Carter is a decent human being. He dares to speak the truth about Israel – read his book ‘Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid’ about Israel as an apartheid state.

  5. sszorin December 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    The citizens should have the right to know what music each president listens to.

    • Paul W Dennis December 7, 2018 at 1:06 am

      Sounds like you’ve been drinking the socialist Kool-Aid. Truman and Eisenhower made war time decisions – Truman’s probably saved a great many American lives and Eisenhower kept us out of WW3 when it would have been easy to happen. I voted for Carter in 1976 but he has turned into a real nut job in his dotage

      I do not think a President’s musical tastes are of much consequence. Bill Clinton liked jazz (as do I) but that may be the only thing we have in common

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