Let me begin by saying this was not the first time I had done an impression of President George Herbert Walker Bush in a public setting. I actually had an opportunity to do my Bush imitation for his son, George W. when he was running for president in 2000. I was recently asked to participate in a project for the nice people at Audible. It's a podcast series entitled, "Presidents Are People Too", hosted by the former head writer of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", Elliott Kalan and acclaimed author and historian, Alexis Coe. What was even more thrilling was being able to follow historian and Pulitzer Prize-Winning author Jon Meacham during the same podcast.
The episode I was invited to work on featured our 41st U.S. President, George Herbert Walker Bush. In that episode, I did my impersonation of Bush 41, reading several letters, both personal and political, that were taken straight from his Presidential Library. I also offered an "alternative memoir" of Bush(probably written by the very funny Elliott Kalan)at the end of the podcast. It was great fun, and I even got name credit from both hosts, and in the write-up. I also made a point not to "over-do" the voice impression. Since this was a more serious piece, I wasn't going for the Dana Carvey style(although he influenced me greatly in my high school years). I invite you to download the podcast here. I actually learned some things about George Bush that I didn't know before after listening.
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