President George H.W. Bush visited the Washington University campus Feb. 17, 1989, to promote his "Thousand Points of Light" volunteerism campaign.

‘Gracious, engaged and inspirational’: Remembering George H.W. Bush

As the country pays homage to the memory of President George H.W. Bush, Washington University in St. Louis recalls three memorable visits: when he delivered a “Thousand Points of Light” speech on the Danforth Campus in 1989; when he returned for the first presidential debate in 1992; and when he gave the keynote address at the university’s Founders Day in 1999.

Anger drives support for wartime presidents

It’s no secret that Americans tend to throw their support behind a sitting U.S. president when the nation is thrust into a war or other potentially violent conflict with a foreign foe. But new research from Washington University in St. Louis is the first to show that these “rally effects” represent a collective reaction to a specific human emotion – anger.