George H. W. Bush / by Mike Hudack

In June of 1989 Bush gave a speech in which he declared that "the Wall must come down."

The Wall fell in November. Bush was silent. He could have gloated and turned the destruction of the Wall into an object lesson in American power. He could have turned a German moment into an American moment. He refused.

Bush 41 was the last great Republican president. Hopefully one day we will get another.