George Bush took good humor and civility further than most presidents, even honoring the Saturday Night Live impersonator that earned a living by mocking him.
- In December 1992, Bush called his staff to the East Room for a formal Christmas greeting, the last of which would occur before Bill Clinton would take over the reins. When “Hail to the Chief” began to play, and Bush was expected to enter the room, SNL’s Dana Carvey walked to the podium instead. Bush had invited the comedian to the White House to do a final impersonation with a laughing Bush in the audience.
- Carvey and Bush went on to develop a lasting friendship.
- Was it Bush’s good grace or Carvey’s respectful touch in his comedic routine that allowed that friendship to flourish? Right now, it’s hard to imagine President Trump inviting Alec Baldwin, his SNL impersonator, to the White House.