Elder President Bush honored with Kennedy award

Ex-President George H W Bush has been honored with a Kennedy "courage" award for agreeing during his presidential term to raise taxes to confront a spiraling budget deficit.

PTI| Last Updated: May 05, 2014, 15:21 PM IST

Boston (US): Ex-President George HW Bush has been honored with a Kennedy "courage" award for agreeing during his presidential term to raise taxes to confront a spiraling budget deficit.
The John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston honored Bush yesterday with a 2014 John F Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

The award crossed generations and political parties. It was given by Jack Schlossberg, son of the late Democratic president`s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, to Lauren Bush, granddaughter of the former Republican president.

Conservatives denounced Bush for raising taxes, breaking a key promise in his 1988 White House campaign.
He lost his 1992 re-election bid to Bill Clinton.

The award is named for Kennedy`s 1957 book, "Profiles in Courage," which tells the stories of eight US senators who took unpopular stands.