Skull & Bones
“BARBARA WALTERS: Are you a Christian?
“GEORGE H.W. BUSH: [pauses] If by being a Christian, you ask if I am ‘Born Again,’ then yes, I am a Christian.”
interview in 1988 while Bush campaigned to be President 6
What It Is
“Skull and Bones is an undergraduate senior or secret society at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. It is a traditional peer society to Scroll and Key and Wolf’s Head, as the three senior class ‘landed societies’ at Yale.
“The society’s alumni organization, which owns the society’s real property and oversees the organization, is the Russell Trust Association, named for William Huntington Russell, who co-founded Skull and Bones with classmate Alphonso Taft. The Russell Trust was founded by Russell and Daniel Coit Gilman, member of Skull and Bones and later president of the University of California, first president of Johns Hopkins University, and the founding president of the Carnegie Institution.
“The society is known informally as “Bones”, and members are known as “Bonesmen”…
“Every year, Skull and Bones selects fifteen men and [, only within the last couple decades,] women of the junior class to join the society. Skull and Bones traditionally “tapped” those that it viewed as campus leaders and other notable figures for its membership.” 7
In the United States alone, there are no fewer than 102 academia- based secret societies (many of which pose as fraternities) which operate on university campuses and actively recruit from the student body 8. However, perhaps none are more prestigious, nor are their initiates more successful, than the initiates of Yale’s Skull and Bones. Its insignia is that of a skull with crossed femur bones below it (similar to that of a pirate flag which has crossed femur bones instead of crossed swords), and then below this foreboding image is the number 322 9.
Three generations of Bush family heirs have been initiates of Skull and Bones: Prescott Bush, his son, George H. W. Bush, and his son George W. Bush (the latter two having served as President of the United States).
In 2004, both the Republican and Democrat candidates for President