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Dubya didn't want to be anywhere near the "Hinckley Hilton" on March 30
by Wayne Madsen    The Wayne Madsen Report
Entered into the database on Sunday, April 02nd, 2006 @ 15:19:19 MST


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Dubya didn't want to be anywhere near the "Hinckley Hilton" on March 30. Cancun was as close as necessary.

Curious George's abrupt schedule change. Last week, George W. Bush abruptly changed his travel schedule to attend the North American Summit in Cancun, Mexico. Originally, Bush was to depart for Cancun on Thursday, March 30 after appearing at the annual Washington egoist event, the Radio & Television Correspondents' Association dinner, held on the evening of Wednesday, March 29. Instead, Vice President Dick Cheney was tapped to speak at the dinner after Bush decided to leave a day early for Cancun. There was an obvious problem with George W. Bush attending an affair at the Washington Hilton Hotel on the eve of March 30. This March 30th was the 25th anniversary of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan by Bush family friend John Hinckley Jr. The juxtaposition of the 25th anniversary with Bush at the very same hotel where a family friend tried to kill the president, thus ensuring his father's ascendancy to the presidency, may have dredged up some long forgotten links between the Bushes and Hinckleys.

The death of Ronald Reagan would have propelled George H. W. Bush into the presidency in 1981, placing the nation into the hands of the Bush family eight years earlier. Scott Hinckley and Neil Bush were to have dinner on March 31, 1981, but the dinner was canceled.

The connections between the Bushes and Hinckleys were highlighted in the Houston Post on March 31, 1981:

"Houston, AP, March 31, 1981: The family of the man charged with trying to assassinate President Reagan is acquainted with the family of Vice President George Bush and had made large contributions to his political campaign, the Houston Post reported today.

The newspaper said in a copyright story, Scott Hinckley, brother of John W. Hinckley Jr., who allegedly shot Reagan, was to have dined tonight in Denver at the home of Neil Bush, one of the vice president's sons.

The newspaper said it was unable to reach Scott Hinckley, vice president of his father's Denver-based firm, Vanderbilt Energy Corp., for comment. Neil Bush lives in Denver, where he works for Standard Oil Co. of Indiana.

In 1978, Neil served as campaign manager for his brother, George W. Bush, the vice president's oldest son, who made an unsuccessful bid for Congress. Neil lived in Lubbock throughout much of 1978, where John Hinckley lived from 1974 through 1980.

On Monday, Neil Bush said he did not know if he had ever met 25-year-old John Hinckley.

"I have no idea," he said. "I don't recognize any pictures of him. I just wish I could see a better picture of him.

Sharon Bush, Neil's wife, said Scott Hinckley was coming to their house as a date of a girl friend of hers. "I don't even know the brother. From what I know and I've heard, they [the Hinckleys] are a very nice family and have given a lot of money to the Bush campaign. The dinner was canceled, she added.

George W. Bush said he was unsure whether he had met John W. Hinckley."


Of course, there are many things that George W. Bush does not remember. And, as with Bush's recent summits in India and Pakistan, the Cancun meeting was a disaster. The "Three Amigos" -- Bush, Vicente Fox, and Stephen Harper -- are now known as two lame ducks (Bush and Fox) and a dead duck (Harper).