The political legacy of the Bush family reaches back to the early 1950s with Prescott Sheldon Bush—Yale grad, businessman, banker and later, politician. In The Bush Tragedy by Slate editor Jacob Weisberg, Prescott’s family is described as embodying “the old WASP embarrassment about being rich; they pretended they really weren't, and treated the help as ‘family.’” The blue-blooded Bush patriarch was a Republican senator for Connecticut for 11 years, notably supporting President Eisenhower in his decision to censure Joseph McCarthy for his communist-finding obsession. Prescott’s son, George H.W. Bush, would follow in his footsteps—attending Yale, joining the military, and entering politics in 1964, two years after his father’s retirement. George H.W. became Ronald Reagan’s vice president in 1980, and nine years later took over the White House himself.