George H. W. Bush Honored for Courageously Breaking ‘No New Taxes’ Pledge

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U.S. President George Bush responds to reporters 12 January 1993 as he leaves Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, MD after his annual physical examination. "Clean bill of health," Bush said.
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The world must be much different than President George H. W. Bush imagined it would be 24 years ago, and while it ranks below seeing a son (or two?) become president, receiving an award for breaking a campaign promise has to be among the biggest surprises. On Sunday night, the former president was honored with a 2014 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for raising taxes in a 1990 budget compromise with Democrats despite declaring, "Read my lips: no new taxes." Bush could not travel to Boston for the ceremony (he joked that he heard a "nasty rumor" that broccoli would be served), but we're sure the award really took the sting out of losing in 1992.