George W. Bush and the
On November 7, 2000, Texas Governor
George W. Bush defeated Democrat presidential candidate
Al Gore for the presidency of the United States, even
though he had lost the popular vote. Such a win had
only happened three other times in U.S. history (1824,
1876 and 1888). Although Gore conceded the election
during a phone call to Bush, he retracted his concession
when he found out how close the vote count was in Florida.
When all was said and done, the Supreme Court ended
the ongoing recount and declared Bush the winner, by
a total of a staggeringly tiny 527 votes! This incredible
note was written by Bush to the New York Yankees' traveling
secretary, Arthur Richman, nine days after the highly
contested election, when it was still in the midst of
the recount. The note, in Bush's hand-writing, says:
“Dear Arthur, All is well here. We have won twice,
but my opponent wants to keep counting. We will prevail
and I am thankful you are on my team. God Bless Friend.
George W. Bush”. Richman, a longtime baseball
man, was the New York Mets' traveling secretary in 1986
when he was given the ball (by right field umpire Ed
Montague) that went through Bill Buckner's legs in the
World Series. Click here
to see it.
Bush’s note is historically interesting. His
first line “All is well here.” shows how
calm and confident he was even in the midst of the recount
maelstrom. Clearly, Bush felt that Gore was a sore loser.
(“We have won this twice, but my opponent wants
to keep counting.”) However, Bush was very confident
in his victory, even in the midst of the recount: “We