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.
Making the World Better for Future Generations
In this episode, Sam LeBlond talks with former Secretary of State and former National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. They discuss her path to public service, her relationships with both George and Barbara Bush, and being in the White House when the Cold War ended.
Global Leadership: A New Path Forward
This week, Sam LeBlond sits down with former Secretary of Defense and former CIA Director Robert Gates. They discuss his path to service, his storied career, and how BUSH 41 used a classic “bait and switch” to lure him to Texas A & M University. Secretary Gates also offers insight into the United States’ role on the global stage, securing our borders, and the ongoing threat of international terror.
The Best Job in Politics
This week, Sam LeBlond talks with Gian-Carlo Peressutti, former aide and press secretary to George H. W. Bush. They focus on the years following his presidency… a busy period filled with international travel, speeches, and quite a bit of fun. Gian-Carlo also shares stories about rubbing shoulders with world leaders, Barbara Bush’s surprisingly disarming nature, George H. W. Bush’s amazing sense of humor, and the humility shared by the couple.
In this episode, Sam LeBlonde sits down with Matthew Wendel, who started as a dishwasher and ended up entertaining and cooking for the First Family during the George W. Bush administration at The White House, Camp David, and at the family’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. They also discuss his role as the General Manager of The Blair House, offering barbeque tips to world leaders, how food is a great equalizer, and his cookbook (and how it was partially inspired by Laura Bush’s mother).
Compromise and Action
In this episode, Sam LeBlond talks with the Presidential Historian and President/CEO of the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation, Mark Updegrove. They discuss preserving Presidential legacies during a pandemic, the consequential father-son relationship of Bush 41 and Bush 43 (and why it is so historically significant), the importance of compromise, and valuable advice from Barbara Pierce Bush.
The "A-Team" of the East Wing
In this episode, Sam LeBlond sits down with Peggy Swift White, who served as the Personal Aide to First Lady Barbara Bush from 1989 until 1993. In addition to being responsible for the First Lady’s daily schedule, she also orchestrated domestic and international travel plans for Mrs. Bush to over 30 countries and all 50 states. They talk about Mrs. Bush’s remarkable commencement speech at Wellesley College, the unique relationship between Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Gorbachev, and they remember George H. W. Bush, the man… and the statesman. They also recall the Bush’s transition from the White House to private life and the solid (yet practical) wisdom of Barbara Pierce Bush… as seen from a true insider.
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.
Love this podcast. Sam is great!
Great podcast! Can’t wait until Wednesday’s when they are released! Sam is amazing.