George Herbert Walker Bush, 12 Jun 1924 - 30 Nov 2018 Search this
Image: 27.2 x 40.6cm (10 11/16 x 16")
Sheet: 40.4 x 50.7cm (15 7/8 x 19 15/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 71.1cm (22 x 28")
Time photographer Diana Walker captures President George Bush during his Thanksgiving visit to American troops stationed in Saudi Arabia just prior to the start of the Gulf War. Bush later recalled, "I had a pretty good idea on Thanksgiving of 1990 that we were going to have to fight. We were still trying diplomacy and using the United Nations and all that, but I had my mind set that we were going to have to go to war." Although soldiers expressed to him their desire to begin the liberation of Kuwait, Bush continued, "When I looked out at these faces, at this point I know I was thinking, 'How many of these kids are going to die for their country?'" This late afternoon image shows Bush throwing souvenirs to the soldiers who have gathered around him.