Leaders from around the world reacted to the death of the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush.
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump released the following statement:
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.
President Bush always found a way to set the bar higher. As a young man, he captained the Yale baseball team, and then went on to serve as the youngest aviator in the United States Navy during the Second World War. Later in life, he rose to the pinnacle of American politics as a Congressman from Texas, envoy to China, Director of Central Intelligence, Vice President of eight years to President Ronald Reagan, and finally President of the United States.
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. As President, he set the stage for the decades of prosperity that have followed. And through all that he accomplished, he remained humble, following the quiet call to service that gave him a clear sense of direction.
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. His example lives on, and will continue to stir future Americans to pursue a greater cause. 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.
President Barack Obama said:
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. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example. pic.twitter.com/g9OUPu2pjY— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 1, 2018
Kellyanne Conway tweeted:
Heartfelt sympathy and deep condolences to the entire Bush family on the passing of our 41st President, George H. W. Bush. He devoted his life to his family and his country. Thank you, sir. https://t.co/qHvXcsSlmw— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) December 1, 2018
California Lt. Governor and Governor-elect, Gavin Newsom:
“President George H.W. Bush, and his wife Barbara, exemplified public service through decency, civility and honor. He represented the best of the Greatest Generation, serving his country in battle and then, as a civilian, answering duty’s call anew. In public life he built bridges, championed the Americans with Disabilities Act, and stood with America’s immigrant communities. After his presidency, he was a voice for unity and civic engagement, leading the Points of Light Foundation and inspiring hundreds of thousands of volunteers around the country. The United States of America has lost a bright civic light tonight, and Jennifer and I send the Bush family and the nation our sincere condolences.”
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