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Bush praised for respecting federal employees, supporting equitable pay

Dec 05, 2018 - Washington Post Blogs

At 2:10 p.m. on Jan. 26, 1989, George H.W. Bush gave his first speech outside of the White House just days after being inaugurated as president.

The timing and the audience were noteworthy.

Few, if any, presidents have honored federal civil servants by addressing them so quickly as Bush, whose state funeral is Wednesday, did with members of the Senior Executive Service that afternoon in Constitution Hall.

But months later, he also used, in the worst sense of the word, federal a...