Presidents, politicians mourn passing of former President George H.W. Bush

December 03, 2018 09:26 AM

The death of former President George H.W. Bush drew an immediate outpouring of condolences from around the country and the world. From former presidents to representatives and business leaders, the praise was overwhelming for the 41st president.

His son, the 43rd president, sent an immediate statement on behalf of George H.W. Bush's children.

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"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear dad has died. 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."

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Donald and Melania Trump

"Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night.

"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' illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world."

Bill and Hillary Clinton

"Hillary and I mourn the passing of President George H.W. Bush, and give thanks for his great long life of service, love, and friendship.

"I will be forever grateful for the friendship we formed. 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."

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Barack Obama

"America has 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."

Dan Quayle, Bush's vice president

"As so many Americans did, I had true affection for the man George Bush. He was a completely genuine, decent and honorable person. What’s more, he went into and out of the office as absolutely the same man. I think that exemplifies his character. I have often told my children “If you want a role model in your life -- look to President George Herbert Walker Bush. The world mourns the loss of a great American. But, it also celebrates a life well lived. – Dan Quayle, 44th Vice President of the United States"

Jeb Bush Jr.

"Nothing gave my Gampy more joy than service to others, especially supporting and caring for those who risk making the ultimate sacrifice everyday. His leadership taught us to be kinder and gentler, to love each other. We will miss him dearly."

George P. Bush

"My grandfather was the greatest man I ever knew. His life spanned the American Century—he fought in World War II ... took part in the Texas oil boom ... served out a distinguished career in public service including serving as president during the final days of the Cold War."

James A. Baker III, Bush's chief of staff and secretary of state

"The legacy of George H.W. Bush will be forever etched in the history of America and the world. It is a lifelong record-of selfless patriotic service o our nation. He was the youngest Navy pilot in World War II, a Texas congressman, UN ambassador, America’s first envoy to China, CIA director, vice president and president. In each and every one of these positions, he led with strength, integrity, compassion and humility -- characteristics that define a truly great man and effective leader."

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Condoleezza Rice, George W. Bush's secretary of state

"President George Herbert Walker Bush was the epitome of a public servant. He loved America with all of his heart and served her as fully and completely as anyone ever has. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to work for him, to learn from him and to experience his deep and abiding commitment to his fellow citizens. He was a mentor to me and a dear friend."

Theresa May, U.K. prime minister

"President George H.W. Bush’s ethos of public service was the guiding thread of his life and an example to us all. It took him from service in World War II, to his stewardship of the CIA and his direction of the Gulf War as Commander-in-Chief. And in navigating a peaceful end to the Cold War he made the world a safer place for generations to come.

"At each stage of his remarkable career, the President worked side by side with his friends, colleagues and counterparts in the United Kingdom. Today Britain remembers a great statesman and a true friend of our country. We send our deepest condolences to the American people and to the family he leaves behind."

Emmanuel Macron, French president

"On behalf of the French people, I convey all my condolences to the American nation for the loss of former President George Bush. He was a world leader, who strongly supported the alliance with Europe. Our sympathy to his family and beloved ones."

U.S. Naval Air Forces

"Naval Aviation mourns the passing of our 41st President, George H.W. Bush, a Naval Aviator, statesman, and humble public servant. His legacy lives on in those who don the cloth of our great nation and in the mighty warship which bears his name, @CVN77_GHWB. May he Rest In Peace."

Dalai Lama

"I am saddened by the passing away of your father, President George H.W. Bush. I offer my profound condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. He was in fact the first American President that I was privileged to meet. I recall being deeply touched by your father’s concern for the Tibetan people and the situation in Tibet."

Vice President Mike Pence

"Karen and I were saddened to learn of the passing of President George H.W. Bush and we send our deepest sympathies to the entire Bush family. President Bush loved his family, loved this country and his legacy will be a lifetime of service to the United States of America."

House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi

"Sadly, the nation is mourning the loss of our beloved American statesman and leader: President George Herbert Walker Bush.

"Duty, sacrifice, commitment and patriotism.  That is what President Bush preached and what he lived.  Always a gentleman, his life and legacy will remain an enduring gift to the nation, and his friendship will always be cherished by all who were blessed to know him."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

"Elaine and I join the Senate and the nation in grieving the loss of President George H.W. Bush.

"This devoted father and decorated patriot spent decades serving his country, from the skies above the south Pacific to our nation's highest office."

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

“America has lost a true leader. George H.W. Bush was the last World War II veteran to serve as President. He was a true statesman, and he treated both his friends and rivals with grace and dignity. He also viewed the world through the lens of history, which was often the guiding force in his approach to diplomacy. His commitment to country was unshakeable, and he instilled this value in his own children. My prayers are with the entire Bush family today.”

CIA Director Gina C. Haspel

“We’ve lost a great champion of the Agency—an accomplished Director, faithful advocate, and dear friend—with the passing of former President George H.W. Bush. As a heroic Navy pilot in the Second World War, a skilled statesman who deftly managed the collapse of the Soviet Union and liberated Kuwait from Saddam Husayn’s aggression, and a committed citizen who remained engaged in public service throughout his later years, President Bush exemplified the virtues of patriotism, duty, and compassion. Officers here at the George Bush Center for Intelligence and deployed around the globe honor the memory of a great American. On behalf of the men and women of CIA, I extend our heartfelt condolences to the Bush family.”

Queen Elizabeth II

"It was with sadness that I learned of the death of President George H W Bush last night.

"President Bush was a great friend and ally of the United Kingdom. He was also a patriot, serving his country with honour and distinction in Office and during the Second World War.

"Prince Philip and I remember our days in Texas in 1991 with great fondness.

"My thoughts and prayers are with President Bush’s family and the American people."

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