George H.W. Bush said, “Read my lips,” and then he backtracked in favor of bipartisan dealmaking.  

When President George H.W. Bush Struck a Bipartisan Deal, His Feet Were Held to the Fire

When President George H.W. Bush Struck a Bipartisan Deal, His Feet Were Held to the Fire

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
Sept. 20 2017 4:00 PM

A High Point in Bipartisan Dealmaking

On Sept. 30, 1990, President George H.W. Bush announced an unusual bipartisan deal— and he took flak for doing so.

160224_POD_Whistlestop-1180px

This episode of Whistlestop revisits Sept. 30, 1990, and the bipartisan deal that put President George H.W. Bush in the hot seat.

Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

Advertisement

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.