Clint Eastwood as George H.W. Bush’s VP … It Would Have Made Our Day


It would seem that Presidential candidate George H.W. Bush asked himself in 1988 … “Do I feel Lucky?”

According to senior GHWB officials audio tape interviews released by the University of Virginia’s Miller Center and Bush Presidential Library Foundation, George H.W. Bush considered tapping Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood as his Vice President. Makes one think of, what if.

Vice President Dirty Harry … Make our Day!

“When we were way behind. Honestly, [Eastwood] was suggested in not an altogether unserious – Well, he was a mayor. He was a Republican mayor,”  former Bush campaign chairman and Secretary of State James Baker said.

Eastwood served one term as mayor of the conservative ocean side community Carmel, Calif., from 1986-1988.

AUDIO: James Baker describes consideration of Clint Eastwood

“Anyway, it was shot down pretty quick. But we were looking at an 18-point deficit,” Baker said, suggesting the campaign was looking for a boost from its VP choice. Bush, who also considered Sen. Dan Quayle, R-Ind.; Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan.; Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo.; and Rep. Jack Kemp, R-N.Y., ultimately settled on Quayle.

Quayle was “maybe not the most qualified, but he brings other attributes that are extraordinarily important,” Baker said of his initial reaction to Bush’s choice.

However, for some reason at the end of the day Bush picked Dan Quayle as his running mate. As stated at Fox News Boston, in the summer of 1988, Bush was losing badly in the polls to the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, and Bush went with Quayle. Of course I hardly think that it was the choice of Quayle that swung the election to a landslide victory. We can only dare to dream what it would have been like with Dirty Harry or the High Plains Drifter as VP.

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  • Comments

    4 Responses to “Clint Eastwood as George H.W. Bush’s VP … It Would Have Made Our Day”

    1. Greg the Great on October 16th, 2011 3:22 am

      I guess he was mayor of Carmel CA. Thought he was Al Gore’s baby sitter. Clint had a government subsidized solar power system put on his many businesses and homes in Carmel.

    2. NGBoston on October 16th, 2011 10:41 am

      @Greg the Great—obviously you don’t appreciate the satire and humor behind the post.

      Yes, Eastwood was mayor of Carmel and a pretty damn good one, too. Much better job than Arnie as the Governator.

      BTW, I think if Dubya had tapped Eastwood—Dirty Harry and the Texan would have kicked major ass together.

      IMOO,. Dubya did kick ass where he needed to. While he made have made a few mistakes, I felt much SAFER with Dubya as our President in these times of terrorism attempts and repeated ATTACKS and attempted (4 and counting since O-bomba in office) attacks —-felt MUCH BETTER, PROTECTED AND SAFER with GHB at the helm than the current Beer Summit and Kumbaya SOCIALIST.

      And, what of Obama’s choice and our current VP Biden? ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!! PUHLEEZE!

    3. Greg the Great on October 16th, 2011 2:33 pm

      NGBoston Clint was my acting coach’s favorite Actor. What you see on the movie screen is not what you get in real life. I liked George Bush senior not W. I would have preferred Clint over Darth Vaders uncle Vice President Cheney.

      I do appreciate the satire and humor. :-D

    4. NGBoston on October 17th, 2011 5:09 am

      #3- Hi Greg—I respect your opinion. It’s difficult sometimes for me when those who gained Stardom in Hollywood first take political Office.

      Then again, I think of Ronald Reagan and his service to our Country as President, and that reasoning becomes clearer to me that indeed, an Actor/Actress can succeed in the White House.

      I do understand what you mean…is Arnold what we see in real life? He married in to a Political family-and not for anything (while any leader should not be solely judged by their..he-hum…Love life-) what Arnold has been all his life is a complete Womanizer and somewhat of a Sexist, I am afraid.

      Love Arnold’s movies—but not so sure how effective he has been as Governor in a State with a lot of problems that even the Terminator realistically wouldn’t be able to eradicate.

      Humor is good =) So on that note, loving your quip about Darth Vader’s Uncle.

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