March 5, 2015 7:00 AM EST

Correction appended, March 12, 2015

Stick around American politics long enough, and your story becomes the country’s. That’s one lesson from the longevity of the Bush family.

Though not every Bush who ventured into politics made the cover of TIME — sorry, Prescott Bush — the clan, including George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and some Barbara Bush along the way, has garnered dozens of covers over the years. (For the record, a complete gallery of the Clinton clan’s covers would be 54 slides long.) Flip through the images and you’ll notice a lot more than the years passing. The Bush story traces the fall of Nixon, the end of the Cold War, the contested 2000 election, the tragedy of Sept. 11, the war in Iraq. It is, essentially, a record of a few decades of American history.

George H. W. Bush, Jeb and George W. from 1970.
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum/Corbis

Now Jeb Bush, who had so far only made one cover cameo (Aug. 7, 2000), may be on the verge of adding another chapter to political history. No matter what happens in 2016, he’s got a good start: this week, he’s on the cover of TIME.

Correction: The original version of this story misstated the number of times a Clinton had been featured on the cover of TIME. It was 54, as of March 5, 2015.

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Write to Lily Rothman at lily.rothman@time.com.

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