Why wasn't George HW Bush acting President in 1981? - …
Answered 5 years ago · Author has 2.5K answers and 9.5M answer views. Because to be the acting President, the President has to sign a letter giving temporary control to the VP, or the VP has to go to the Cabinet and initiate the 25th amendment. In 1981, there wasn’t time for the president to write a letter, sign it, and have it delivered to the President Pro Tempore of the senate and the speaker of the house.
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