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President Bush Remembered for Economic Impact in RGV

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President Bush Remembered for Economic Impact in RGV

President Bush Remembered for Economic Impact in RGV

Long before he led the nation, he had a hand in helping McAllen become an international hub of commerce.

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President Bush Remembered for Economic Impact in RGV

Number someone was making onr3 former president george h.w.

Bush is at his final resting place, alongside his late wife and daughter.

He was buried at his presidential library at texas a&amp;m university in college station.

The 41st president made decisions that impacted the world.

But tonight - - we take a closer look at his work - - here in the valley.

Today's mcallen..

.

Is far different than the city of yesteryear.

A transformation decades in the making.

This place - - the mcallen's foreign trade zone - - didn't exist until the early 70s.

It was the brain child of 17 local businessmen who teamed up with a congressman from houston in the 60s.

Back then a much younger "george h.w.

Bush" had his eye on the senate.

A deal was struck.

The f-t-z opened in the early 70s.

Paving the way for a regional "manufacturing boom" in the eighties.

And by then.george bush was vice president of the united states.

In 1986 - - " vice president george bush will pay a visit to the valley ... bush will be at the mcallen civic center campaigning for attorney general candidate roy barrerra" "the people in south texas like george bush" "we want to work in washington with whoever it is the governor of this state " but two years later - "mayor othal brand of mcallen is one of the texas delegates."

It was bush who needed the vote.

"hello im calling from george bush hq and i wanted to be sure you had."

Bush wanted to become president - - and one of the men in his way was mission's own.

Lloyd bentsen - the democrats' pick for vice president.

"mr. bentsen, my grandmother wanted me to tell you she was proud to bake your wedding cake."

Bush won that election.

Our nation had it's 41st president.

Mexico it's 53rd.

The two leaders quickly got to work crafting what would be known as nafta.

In 1990, former channel 5 reporter sandra quintanilla traveled to monterrey .

Where... "secretary of treasury nicholas brady told us areas along the us /mexico border, including the valley, expect to see."

"more jobs, more investments."

In 1991.

Bush declared victory in the middle east.

"all united states and coalition forces will suspend offensive combat operations."

1992 marked the end of his presidency.

He signed the final draft of the north american free trade agreement one month before losing the white house.

"the next president of the united states is never going to forget the rio grande valley of texas."

In january of 93 -- a valley native - - stumbled upon his quiet homecoming.

This was before mike fossum astronaut days.

"and then i realized wait a minute.

The inauguration is today.

I bet president bush is coming home to houston."

"so i stopped on the top of the overpass and here they come.

And i snapped a salute to attention and barbara bush saw me and she was waving, and she elbowed the president and he returned my salute.

.... and that was a special moment for me cause i cause i was really the only one standing on top of this bridge."

His final homecoming - - as we now know was a bit more crowded.

Bush 41.

" he did thousands and thousands of things that he never publicized."

"he was a great man and i think a great example for all of us."

President bush 41 also credited as the driving force in establishing the palo alto national park




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