CIA Releases Two Never-Before-Seen Videos of George H.W. Bush in Honor of His Birthday

To commemorate former President George H.W. Bush’s 94th birthday, the CIA released two never-before-seen videos of the president.

The CIA shared two videos on its website along with a note about what the former president, who served as CIA director from 1976 to 1977, meant to the organization.

“Bush’s tenure as DCI marked a turning point for the Agency as he is credited with restoring focus and boosting morale in the institution,” the website stated. “He remains one of the most beloved Directors in the Agency’s history.” 

The first video is titled “President George H.W. Bush’s Farewell Visit to CIA” and is, as the name suggests, from his last visit to the CIA as president.

His visit occurred on Jan. 8, 1993, which marked the last month he occupied the Oval Office.

Watch the video below:

When he was welcomed with thunderous applause, the president quipped, “I know, anything to keep from having to go back to work.”

“We must not diminish our intelligence,” he told agency workers. “The world may be perceived to be more peaceful, but in my view, the need for intelligence is as great as ever.” 

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Bush joked that he needed to learn to start saying “Russia” instead of “Soviet Union” and told the CIA’s employees that he doesn’t believe the agency will ever get the credit it deserves.

The second video, which was a retrospective of his tenure at the CIA, was shown on Jan. 29, 2016 during a visit the president and former first lady Barbara Bush made to CIA Headquarters. 

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The video featured a variety of interviews about the president, including from former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State James Baker. 

It also showed clips of Bush speaking, including one clip in which he said, “I want this job,” in reference to becoming CIA director.

“I think he felt like he had to prove to the agency that he was one of them,” Baker reflected.

“He could have had an office right near the president,” Baker continued. “But he said, ‘No I’m not gonna take an office in the old [Executive Office Building]. I’m gonna take an office at Langley.'”

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Baker said his decision to have an office at Langley Air Force Base was steeped in showing the agency’s workers that he has their back. 

On Tuesday, Bush turned 94 years old — a historic milestone as he’s the first president to reach the ripe, old age.

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Unlike in past years, the former president’s birthday won’t consist of jumping out of a plane, and he’s instead opted for a “low-key” dose of family fun.

Bush’s chief of staff, Jean Becker, told the New York Post that some of the president’s kids, including the 43rd president, are spending the day with him, which will consist of “no presents.”

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