Though not elected until 1988, George H.W. Bush nonetheless was the President for just under 8 hours today in 1985. President Reagan had undergone colon surgery and invoked the 25th Amendment, elevating then-Vice President Bush to Acting President of the United States. Bush was the first person to serve as Acting President.
Chad Vander Veen previously served as the editor of FutureStructure, and the associate editor of Government Technology and Public CIO magazines.