The sea peeks in through a window. Books line the wall. Above a recognizable figure sits a red phone, an ominous sign given the playful scene.

Six small children swarm around their grandparents’ bed. Stuffed toys jumble on the white bedspread.

A distinguished woman, also familiar, in a blue robe at one end of the bed looks composed, pleased. Yet the powerful man on the other side seems ruffled, a little unready for this early-morning circus of progeny.

In the summer of 1987, Life magazine requested a candid image of Vice President George H.W. Bush at his retreat in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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