Downtown has a new statue

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A statue of former President Bush (41) was unveiled yesterday. According to KHOU-11, the statue was a surprise for Bush:

The George Bush Presidential Monument at Preston and Main was a well-kept secret from the former president.

Bush had suggested that perhaps it would be better to build a monument after he was gone. So they waited until he went to Kennebunkport.

This quote from Bush Sr. is funny:

The former president told the crowd his mother always warned him nobody liked a guy who talked about himself or thought about getting honors.

“If she were here and not up there I would say, ‘Mom, think about all the pigeons that will now have a chance to come and relax in this park,” Bush said. ” I mean, this is an important thing.”

And the Chronicle‘s article notes this interesting fact:

Thursday’s unveiling marks the first time a public figure has been honored with a major monument since [Sam] Houston’s statue in Hermann Park was dedicated in 1925.

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