The Five Spot

The News Tribune - - Opinion - BY THE NEWS TRI­BUNE ED­I­TO­RIAL BOARD

A true-false quiz: Five con­nec­tions that Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush (might have) had to the Puget Sound area.

1 As vice pres­i­dent, he was shouted down by a Catholic priest from Ta­coma while giv­ing a speech at Seat­tle Univer­sity.

2 In his 1988 run for pres­i­dent, he lost both Wash­ing­ton and Pierce County to Michael Dukakis, de­spite crush­ing Dukakis in the na­tional pop­u­lar and elec­toral vote.

3 At a state din­ner in Olympia, he vom­ited in the lap of Wash­ing­ton Gov. Booth Gard­ner after a brisk round of ten­nis.

4 He signed the his­toric $162 mil­lion Puyallup In­di­ans Land Set­tle­ment into law.

5 In his 1992 re-elec­tion at­tempt, he came in third place in Pierce County and Wash­ing­ton, lag­ging Bill Clin­ton and Ross Perot.


1-True. The priest was the late Bill Bich­sel. 2-True. Only 10 states, in­clud­ing Wash­ing­ton, went for Dukakis. 3-False. The vomit re­cip­i­ent was the prime min­is­ter of Ja­pan, at a state din­ner in Tokyo. 4-True. Bush signed it on June 21, 1989. 5-False. Bush beat Perot, but not Clin­ton.

AP file photo, 2003

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