Mainers who worked on Bush campaign reflect on Inauguration Day
PORTLAND (WGME) – There were Mainers, who worked very hard on his 1988 campaign, who helped President George H.W. Bush win the White House.
Inauguration Day 1989 was a proud day for Mainers.
Quite a few made the trip to Washington.
Among them, the chair of the Bush campaign in Maine.
Thirty years later, Garry Bowne and his wife Janet, who also worked on the campaign, remember the day well.
"Maine was small in numbers, but it had great importance because it was a home state for the Bushes,” Bowne said. “And it was certainly important for Maine to be represented well and we certainly do have a have great sense of pride with the Bushes."
The inaugural week in 1989 included a gathering of Mainers in Washington, from representatives to campaign volunteers.
The Bownes were there.
"There's no question that George Bush is our favorite son at least for part of the year and we love him a lot and are glad to be here to join the celebration and feel very lucky to be included," Bowne said.
The Bownes have a scrapbook full of treasured correspondence from the President over the years and invitations to inaugural events.
Janet Bowne says from morning to night, Inauguration Day was a whirlwind, including the ball at Union Station.
"She was wearing this striking gorgeous gown and he just looked like a million dollars and they were obviously just so in love and that was part of their charm and their connection with people," Bowne said.
As the nation mourns his passing, two of his biggest supporters and advocates in Maine say they will treasure the memories, and the man.