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National Press Club Luncheon Speakers

George H. W. Bush, March 20, 1981

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George H. W. Bush, October 9, 1981. Photo by John Metelsky. National Press Club Archives

Two months after Ronald Reagan assumed the presidency, his vice president, George H. W. Bush (b. 1924), spoke at the National Press Club to a luncheon gathering of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, also known as the Black Press of America. Bush focused on the president’s economic recovery program detailed in Reagan’s State of the Union message of February 18 and the budget the president had recently submitted to Congress on March 10. Bush expressed concern that the administration’s opponents had characterized the program unfairly as discriminatory against the poor and disadvantaged. He affirmed that the plan was designed to meet the needs of all Americans and urged members of the black press to “give us a chance to show you we are properly motivated, that we care deeply, and that we can, with your support, succeed.” ... More [PDF; 111 KB]

Timings (hh:mm:ss)

Introductions: 00:00-08:26
Speech: 08:27-30:45
Induction Ceremony (no Q & A): 31:09-54:02

Topics of the Talk

  • Overview of Factors Causing Economic Crisis: 13:42-16:23
  • Overview of Reagan Administration Plan for Economic Recovery: 16:24-17:02
  • Opposition to President Reagan’s Economic Recovery Program: 19:04-20:06
  • Induction of William Monroe Trotter: 34:06-37:20
  • Induction of Daisy Bates: 37:27-45:25
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