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Skin Comes off the Bench by Brian Visaggio

Author says: what if George Bush wasn't a higher flyer after all? muses Brian Visaggio. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

In 2010: it was announced on this day that Supreme Court Justice George H.W. Bush, age 85, will retire from the bench after twenty-three years on the court.

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Bush decided to join the US Navy, becoming the youngest naval aviator at just eighteen. His lanky physique earned him the nickname "Skin".

Attending Yale after the war, he played as the star pitcher on their baseball team (a sport his eldest son would eventually run as MLB commissioner), and eventually graduated in 1948 with a Bachelor's in Economics.

After a career in the oil industry, in 1966 was elected to the House of Representatives, beginning a long life of public service inspired by his father, Senator Prescott Bush eventually taking on the jobs of Ambassador to the United Nations and Director of the CIA, culminating in an unsuccessful campaign for the Republican nomination in 1980.

Selected as Reagan's running mate, he impressed his former rival as an intelligent and capable thinker, well-versed in constitutional principles, eventually culminating in the President nominating the sitting VP to the bench itself after the retirement of Justice Lewis Powell. Proving a thoughtful and serious jurist, he served through four presidents, including his own successor as vice president, Orrin Hatch.

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Guest Historian of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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