President H.W. Bush’s impact on Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- President Bush Herbert Walker Bush made his mark on the nation, the world, and also Kansas.

He made two stops in Topeka, one in 1985 when he was Vice President, and again in 1990, when he was Commander-in-Chief.

During his visits, he gave motivating speeches about policy and world politics. In 1985, he delivered the Landon Lecture at K-State where he addressed the Soviet Union's new leader.

"Not because it's fresh and new, but because the Soviets have a new, and what's new for them, articulate and energetic spokesperson in Mr. Gorbachev," he said.

Gorbachev ended up being the last man to reign over the Soviet Union, which dissolved during Mr. Bush's presidency.

He and his wife Barbara then traveled to Topeka, where she took time to read at Highland Park and they both joined former Kansas Governor Alf Landon's 95th birthday celebration.

Mr. Bush returned five years later as President. He arrived in an Air Force One that was making its inaugural flight - the same one that transported him to Washington this week.

He was in the Sunflower State campaigning for the sitting governor, fellow Republican Mike Hayden. His speech focused on a topic that plagued his presidency, the conflict in the Middle East.

"We will stand firm against the aggression no condemned around the entire world," he stated while pounding his fist against the podium.

Hayden would lose that race to Joan Finney.

President Bush also visited Kansas in 2002. He spoke at the newly remodeled Eisenhower Library and Museum in Abilene.