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President George H.W. Bush

Lionel Hampton with Vice President George H. W. Bush, 1985

Today, we remember President George H.W. Bush. President Bush had a longtime relationship with the Lionel Hampton. These pictures from our Lionel Hampton Library Collection show President Bush and Lionel, one when the President was Vice-President, and one when Lionel performed at the President’s Inaugural Ball. + “Lionel was a dear friend of Barbara’s and mine for over forty years. Lionel Hampton was a national treasure. His career represents the very heart and soul of America’s jazz. That heritage is something we as a nation need to preserve and cherish for generations to come.” - President George H.W. Bush

Lionel Hampton at President George H. W. Bush's Inaugural Ball, 20 January 1989

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