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During the 1984 vice presidential debate, Democrat Geraldine Ferraro bristled at George H.W. Bush’s “patronizing attitude.” (Associated Press)

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During the 1984 vice presidential debate, Democrat Geraldine Ferraro bristled at George H.W. Bush’s “patronizing attitude.” (Associated Press)

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Vice President George H.W. Bush (left) won in 1988 in part owing to Michael Dukakis’ opposition to the death penalty. (Associated Press)

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President George H.W. Bush talks with independent candidate H. Ross Perot (center) as Democratic candidate Bill Clinton stands aside at the end of their second debate. (Associated Press)

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Vice President George H.W. Bush (left) won in 1988 in part owing to Michael Dukakis’ opposition to the death penalty. (Associated Press)

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President George H.W. Bush talks with independent candidate H. Ross Perot (center) as Democratic candidate Bill Clinton stands aside at the end of their second debate. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Former President George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara arrive for the premiere of HBO's new documentary about his life, "41," near the Bush family's summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, on June 12, 2012, Mr. Bush's 88th birthday. (Associated Press)

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Former President George H.W. Bush takes the wheel of his boat in Kennebunkport, Maine, during the filming of the documentary "41," which premieres Thursday on HBO. (HBO via Associated Press)

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President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton applaud as former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush stand near the presidential portrait of Mr. Bush at its unveiling at the White House in 1995. A portrait of Mrs. Bush was unveiled as well. (Associated Press)

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President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton applaud as former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush stand near the presidential portrait of Mr. Bush at its unveiling at the White House in 1995. A portrait of Mrs. Bush was unveiled as well. (Associated Press)

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential candidate, meets with former President George H.W. Bush in Houston on Thursday to receive his endorsement. Mr. Bush, who talked with the hopeful in his office, called Mr. Romney a "good man" who would "make a great president." (Associated Press)

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (right), front-runner for the GOP presidential nod, seen here Dec. 1 with former President George H.W. Bush in Houston, will get Mr. Bush's formal endorsement Thursday. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Dec. 1, 2011, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney meets with former President George H.W. Bush in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

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** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney meets with former President George H.W. Bush in Houston on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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Ron Sherr painted George H.W. Bush at the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, but used a West Wing backdrop. (Photograph provided by the National Portrait Gallery)

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Some of the famous and influential people who have been Mr. D'Ambrosio's clients are (from top left) former Vice President Dick Cheney, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Anthony Alito Jr., former D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, nd Archbishop of Washington Donald W. Wuerl.

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President Obama presents the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to former President George H.W. Bush Tuesday at the White House. Mr. Obama said Mr. Bush's "humility and his decency reflects the very best of the American spirit." (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with former President George H.W. Bush after presenting him the 2010 Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama presents former President George H.W. Bush the 2010 Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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In this Dec. 7, 2009, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush arrive for a ceremony to dedicate an expanded gallery that carries his name at the National Museum of the Pacific War, in Fredericksburg, Texas. On Wednesday, President Obama named the former president a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)