Photos: George H.W. Bush visits Sunnylands

President George H. W. Bush passed away Friday night at the age of 94.  As the world reflects on the life of the 41st President of the United States, let’s take a moment to remember when he visited Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage.

The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands passed along the photos below to Cactus Hugs, along with the following statement:

With heavy hearts, the trustees of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands offer condolences to the family and friends of former President George H.W. Bush.

The 41st president, who died Friday, and First Lady Barbara Bush, who passed away in April, were treasured friends of Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg and visited Sunnylands regularly during the Bush presidency for vacations, dinners, parties, and philanthropic events.

“The foundation cherishes the friendship and memories that President George H.W. Bush and his wife shared with the Annenbergs. His legacy will serve as an inspiration to Sunnylands staff and trustees for years to come,” said David J. Lane, president of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.

George H.W. Bush was the fifth president to visit Sunnylands and, like others who arrived from the White House, he both relaxed and conducted business at the Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage, Calif. On his visits, the president would get up early in the morning to fish, play 18 holes of golf, and head back to the lakes to fish again.

In March 1990, President Bush notably hosted an official dinner at Sunnylands, a rarity outside the White House, after an emergency summit with then-Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu of Japan. The formal gathering brought together two nations for an evening of diplomacy during a time of tense relations between Japan and the United States. The City of Rancho Mirage recognized the dinner by declaring Sunnylands a historic site that same year.

On that same trip, President Bush was present for the March 4, 1990 ceremony announcing Walter and Leonore Annenbergs’ $50 million donation to the United Negro College Fund.

George H.W Bush fishing at Sunnylands Date: February 1995 Credit: The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands
George H.W Bush fishing at Sunnylands Date: February 1995 Credit: The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands
From left to right: President Gerald Ford, First Lady Betty Ford, Walter Annenberg, Leonore Annenberg and President George H.W. Bush. No specific event specified. Quote on the photo: To Lee – Walter Happiness is “Sunnylands” with you two- George Bush Date: April 1999 Credit: The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands
From left to right: Christopher Edley, president of the United Negro College Fund, President George H.W Bush, and Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook George HW Bush remarks on Walter Annenbergs announcement of a $50 million gift to UNCF – United Negro College Fund at Sunnylands. Date: March 4, 1990 Credit: Official White House Photo
From left to right: Christopher Edley, president of the United Negro College Fund, Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook, President George H.W Bush, Adele Hall and Walter Annenberg Walter Annenberg announces a multimillion dollar donation to the United Negro College Fund on March 4, 1990. Date: March 4, 1990 Credit: Official White House Photo
President George HW Bush addresses the press at Sunnylands after Walter Annenberg announces his donation to the UNCF. Christopher Edley is seen in the background. Date: March 04, 1990 Credit: Official White House Photo
George HW Bush enjoys a round of golf after the UNCF announcement. Date: March 4, 1990 Credit: Official White House Photo

 

George H.W Bush and Leonore Annenberg play a round of golf at Sunnylands. Date: March 03, 1990 Credit: Official White House Photo
George H.W Bush on the Sunnylands golf course. Date: March 03, 1990 Credit: Official White House Photo

 

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