BREAKING NEWS Chico Police looking for 20th Street Park stabbing suspect Full Story

#TBT: George H.W. Bush declares himself elected

Many politicians -- and people in general, if we're being honest -- probably wish that their declaring something woul...

Posted: Jan 4, 2018 12:51 PM
Updated: Jan 4, 2018 12:51 PM

Many politicians -- and people in general, if we're being honest -- probably wish that their declaring something would make it true. On this day in 1989, then-Vice President George H.W. Bush got to live the dream and declare himself officially elected president.

The 1988 election had come and gone, and Bush had earned 315 more electoral votes than Michael Dukakis.

In 1989, then-Vice President George HW Bush got to declare himself elected POTUS

He was the first sitting VP elected to the presidency since Martin van Buren

In a twist, one faithless elector in West Virginia voted for Dukakis' running mate, Sen. Lloyd Bentsen. But Bentsen's infamous "you're no Jack Kennedy" burn toward Dan Quayle had to earn him some sort of consolation prize, right? Actually, The New York Times did an amazing interview with the defector at the time -- there was a lot more to it than that.

As the sitting vice president, Bush presided over the electoral vote count. With the certification of those votes, he became the first sitting vice president since Martin Van Buren to be elected President. That happened after the election of 1836, more than 150 years earlier. Note to Mike Pence: It's pretty rare.

Yes, other veeps had served in the Oval Office in the intervening time, but most of them had made it there after the President had died or been assassinated. Then there was Gerald Ford, and that was a completely different scenario.

"George Bush of the state of Texas," said George Bush of the state of Texas, probably thinking, Who? Me?

Obviously he has to stick to the script, but he gets through the whole thing with an amazing poker face.

"This announcement shall be deemed a sufficient declaration of the persons elected president and vice president of the United States," he sufficiently declared, electing his own person president of the United States.

Bush was inaugurated later that month, becoming the 41st President.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 246550

Reported Deaths: 6265
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1077923457
Riverside18720465
San Diego15207377
Orange15065354
San Bernardino13152265
Imperial6824100
Alameda6384138
Fresno562677
Kern493977
Santa Clara4750159
Tulare4521133
San Joaquin429855
San Francisco371950
Sacramento355969
San Mateo3376108
Contra Costa332678
Santa Barbara326129
Ventura324047
Kings258332
Marin244619
Stanislaus239144
Monterey174815
Solano147625
Sonoma12299
Merced120811
Placer75411
San Luis Obispo6752
Yolo58324
Madera5665
Santa Cruz4103
Napa3444
San Benito2572
Lassen2340
Butte2063
El Dorado2060
Sutter2063
Humboldt1384
Shasta1354
Nevada1231
Glenn1220
Yuba1031
Tehama881
Lake850
Mendocino850
Colusa700
Calaveras530
Del Norte511
Tuolumne430
Mono411
Inyo321
Siskiyou310
Mariposa271
Amador260
Plumas110
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 64°
Oroville
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 64°
Paradise
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 64°
Chester
52° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 52°
Red Bluff
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 64°
Willows
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 64°
Mostly sunny skies and slightly cooler temperatures are expected for your Friday. We'll be mostly sunny and a little warmer through your 4th of July weekend.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events