President Donald Trump, and former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are among many who have expressed their sympathies following the death of President George H.W. Bush.
Bush, the 41st US president, was 94. He died Friday night in Houston. Cause of his death is unknown.
President Trump in a statement issued early Saturday morning on the death of former President George H.W. Bush, remembered him as an “unflappable” leader and devoted family man.
“Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service — to be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light,’” the statement reads.
It continues: “With sound judgement, common sense, and unflappable leadership, President Bush guided our Nation, and the world, to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War.
“Along with his full life of service to country, we will remember President Bush for his devotion to family — especially the love of his life, Barbara.”
“Our hearts ache with his loss, and we, with the American people, send our prayers to the entire Bush family, as we honor the life and legacy of 41,” statement from President Trump concluded.
On his part, former US President Barack Obama said, America had lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush.
“While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Not merely for the years he spent as our forty-first President, but for the more than 70 years he spent in devoted service to the country he loved – from a decorated Naval aviator who nearly gave his life in World War II, to Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces, with plenty of posts along the way. Ambassador to the United Nations. Director of Central Intelligence. U.S. Envoy to China. Vice President of the United States, said Obama.
“George H.W. Bush’s life is a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling. And he did tremendous good along the journey,” Obama added.
Bush’s son George W. Bush, who served as the nation’s 43rd president, released a statement on Friday on behalf of the entire family.
“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” President George W. Bush said in a statement. “George H. W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”
Bush’s former rival President Bill Clinton also expressed well wishes. Clinton defeated Bush in the 1992 presidential election.
“I will be forever grateful for the friendship we formed,” Clinton said. “From the moment I met him as a young governor invited to his home in Kennebunkport, I was struck by the kindness he showed to Chelsea, by his innate and genuine decency, and by his devotion to Barbara, his children, and their growing brood.
“Few Americans have been—or will ever be—able to match President Bush’s record of service to the United States and the joy he took every day from it; from his military service in World War II, to his work in Congress, the United Nations, China, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Vice Presidency and the Presidency, where he worked to move the post-Cold War world toward greater unity, peace, and freedom,” said Clinton.