The George and Barbara Bush Foundation is proud to announce All the Best, a brand new weekly podcast hosted by grandson, Sam LeBlond. All the Best features interviews with George H. W. and Barbara Bush’s family, friends, former colleagues and fellow Points of Light with a special emphasis on service to others.
The First 100
This episode of All the Best, features a look back at our first 100 Episodes. Sam LeBlond takes a stroll through some favorite highlights of our many guests. We listen in as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks of making popcorn with Mrs. Bush, and an incident of extended grace during a lobster mishap with a young Ben Mulroney. Sam also takes us back to Brad Meltzer’s endearing relationship with the Bushes, and a touching tribute from our nation’s 61st Secretary of State, James A. Baker, III. Join us as we reminisce about some of our favorite moments.
Down In Front!
On this episode of All the Best, Sam LeBlond is joined by Canadian television host turned advocate, Ben Mulroney. They reminisce about the years Ben’s father, former Canadian Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney overlapped with the Presidency of George H. W. Bush. Ben speaks of the special times he was able to share with George and Barbara Bush during these years, and the remarkable friendship his father had with President Bush. You’ll also hear Sam and Ben express fond memories of Maine and enjoy a big laugh regarding a near mishap with Barbara Bush during an international summit.
The Making of “41”
In this episode of “All the Best”, Sam LeBlond speaks with executive producer and director Jeffrey Roth about making the George Herbert Walker Bush documentary "41". They discuss President Bush and Mr. Roth's touching first meeting…and how the project almost didn't happen. Mr. Roth shares what he learned from the Bush family and how two years of filmmaking blossomed into a trusting friendship, allowing him to tell the story of "41".
Band of Brothers
In this episode, Sam LeBlond talks with author Don J. Snyder about the Caddie School for Soldiers, which was founded by Mr. Snyder. They discuss the importance of helping the modern veteran, the parallels between soldiers and caddies, and remembering that while “we can never do enough, we can always try to do more.”
Measuring Up to Expectations
In this episode, Sam LeBlond talks with Congressman Bill Archer about his friendship with George Herbert Walker Bush. They discuss their shared history in Texas politics, the importance of giving back, their political parallels, how Archer counseled GHWB when seeking out the Vice Presidency, and how fiscal responsibility may have cost GHWB re-election.
The Plane Waits For No One
In this episode of All the Best, Sam LeBlond is joined by Tom Frechette, the former personal aide to George H. W. Bush during his post-presidency years. Frechette discusses his early years working for George and Barbara Bush in Kennebunkport, recalls the logistical challenges of traveling with the president, and fondly looks back and laughs about one of his early gaffes as an aide to Bush 41.
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To Freddie Bag of Donuts
Points of Light is a reference to the Book of Genesis:
Survivors were then thrown into toil to survive, but some fortunately maintained the antediluvian knowledge to benefit a future generation, when a general awakening will once more occur 12 via A Thousand Points of Light.
I really like that the episodes are 30 mins or less (often less). They are just enough as long format interviews (podcast) can be tiresome. The host is well spoken and doesn’t talk over his guests. Have really enjoyed listening and would highly recommend a listen.