Joe Paterno in York County: ‘I love presidents who don’t flinch’

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Joe Paterno and President George H.W. Bush stumped at a Northern York County fundraiser for U.S. Senator Arlen Specter in June 1992. This shows part of the York Daily Record’s coverage of the event. Background posts: Presidents visit York, alive and via funeral trains and York native to captain new carrier USS Bush and Bill Goodling: Jerry Ford might have been the most important president he served with.

Joe Paterno regularly visits York County for recruiting trips, fundraisers or political appearances.
Not political appearances for himself, of course.
But primarily for two former presidents named Bush… .


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When President George W. Bush visited York County in July 2004, Penn State’s head football coach Joe Paterno introduced him to a crowd of 9,000 people at the York Expo Center. “W” returned to York County for an appearance at Harley-Davidson in 2006.
In 1992, he and President George H.W. Bush stumped in the county’s northern tier for Sen. Arlen Specter. One of JoePa’s main jobs in that Monaghan Township appearance was to bring the crowd to order.
“I know all the Penn State fans are seated because they’re educated and responsible,” Paterno said.
Those causing the trouble, he said, were Notre Dame fans.
Or even worse.
Pitt fans.
Then in George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign visit, Paterno introduced the president at the York Expo Center.
“I love football players who don’t flinch,” he said, “and I love presidents who don’t flinch.”
JoePa did not join Bush II during his 2006 visit to Harley-Davidson’s Springettsbury Township’s plant.
During that stop, Bush got on a hawg.
Which leads one to wonder if JoePa would have done the same.
Would he have flinched?
For a list of presidential visits to York County, click here.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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