Remembering George Herbert Walker Bush

Senator Johnny Isakson:

“America and the world will miss and mourn the life and service of George H.W. Bush. President and Mrs. Bush were and always will be an unforgettable first family. I was honored to serve and work with them. Dianne and I extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Bush family.”

Isakson and President George W. Bush worked together closely on education legislation when Isakson served in the U.S. House of Representatives. President George H.W. Bush campaigned for Isakson on numerous occasions during his political career.

Senator David Perdue:

“Bonnie and I join the nation in mourning the loss of President George H.W. Bush. As a World War II aviator, member of Congress, CIA Director, Ambassador, Vice President, and Commander in Chief, President Bush dedicated his life to serving our country. He was a skilled leader who showed tireless dedication to our nation during some of our most trying times. George and Barbara Bush’s sacrifice, service, and love for our country was unmatched. Bonnie and I send heartfelt prayers to President George W. Bush and the entire Bush family during this very difficult time.”

Representative Buddy Carter:

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of President George H.W. Bush. I’ll remember President Bush as a strong leader, a fierce defender of our great nation and a loving family man. His extraordinary lifetime of service will continue to inspire Americans forever.

Representative Sanford Bishop:

“I was saddened to learn of the death of former President George H.W. Bush. He led our nation through some of the most significant global changes in the modern era, not only as the 41st President, but also through his service as Vice President, Director of the CIA, top U.S. envoy to China, Ambassador to the U.N., U.S. Representative from Texas, and as a naval aviator during World War II.

“The world lost an esteemed statesman, decorated Navy pilot, and accomplished public servant. He will forever be remembered for his service and the impeccable legacy he left behind.

“My wife Vivian and I, along with the people of Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District and Americans everywhere, extend our most heartfelt condolences to the Bush family during this difficult time.”

Representative Drew Ferguson:

President George H.W. Bush was a man of integrity and humility and a devoted public servant throughout his life. He once said that ‘the American Dream means giving it your all, trying your hardest, accomplishing something. And then I’d add to that, giving something back. No definition of a successful life can do anything but include serving others.’

As a WWII Navy veteran, Member of the House, Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Director of the CIA, Vice President and 41st President of the United States, there is no question that President Bush devoted his life to serving his fellow Americans.

My prayers are with President Bush’s loving family and many friends. As we mourn the loss of this inspiring leader, I also hope we will honor his legacy by serving others in our own lives.

Representative Karen Handel:

George H.W. Bush was a statesman and patriot who dedicated his life to our country. Our nation’s last World War II veteran to serve as Commander and Chief, President Bush will be remembered as one of our nation’s greatest leaders and problem solvers. It was a honor to have had the privilege of serving in his Administration, and through President Bush, I learned that any successful life had to include giving back and serving others. He instilled in me my desire to serve. President Bush was a devoted husband and partner to his beloved Barbara. He was a father and mentor to George, Robin, Jeb, Neil, Marvin, and Doro. He was kind and thoughtful — a man of purpose filled with grace. One thing that President Bush said has stayed with me all these years: “No problem of human making is too great to be overcome by human ingenuity, human energy, and the untiring hope of the human spirit.” Steve and I extend our deepest condolences to the Bush family. RIP President George H.W. Bush.

Representative Austin Scott:

Our prayers are with the entire Bush family as we mourn the loss of an American hero and statesman. His impact on our country as a WWII vet, Congressman, CIA Director, Vice President, and President cannot be understated.

During this time, the following verse comes to mind: ‪“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” – Philippians 3:20-21

Representative Doug Collins:

I’ll always remember President George H.W. Bush as a servant leader dedicated to America’s role as an agent of good in a complex world. He was a man of many titles, but what strikes me most are his humanity and his belief that his greatest titles were husband and father.‬

Congressman Rick Allen:

Robin and I join the country in sending our deepest condolences and prayers to the entire Bush family as they mourn the loss of former President George H. W. Bush. His lifelong service to our nation will never be forgotten and his legacy will live on for generations to come. Rest In Peace 41.

Speaker David Ralston:

“I am saddened to hear of the passing of President George H. W. Bush. He was a dedicated leader and statesman who served our nation throughout his life as President, Vice President, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Ambassador and Congressman. He also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

“Beyond his work, he and his late wife, Barbara, were living examples of integrity, decency and honor. They not only gave their lives to this nation but raised a family that has gone on to continue their legacy of service.

“My prayers are with his family in this difficult time. While we grieve his passing, we are grateful that he has gone to be with our Lord. May God bless his memory and our United States of America.”

In addition, Governor Nathan Deal has ordered the flags of the United States and State of Georgia be lowered to half staff for 30 days beginning today.

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Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I supported Bush over Reagan in 1980. G.H.W. Bush may well be the last Republican candidate for President I support in my lifetime.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Mistakes were made, but I don’t think they were at the level of war crimes.

Gregs
Gregs

I didn’t vote for him but I really liked this guy. RIP Mr. President, they don’t make them like this anymore.

GeneHartke
GeneHartke

Since my posts were deleted and an objective, fact-based discussion on Bush 1’s legacy apparently isn’t allowed on this site, he’s the best president ever! Perfect guy. We just need more civility and bipartisanship! I miss the good ole days! [Insert another acceptable, revisionist history-based reaction to politician’s death).

Gregs
Gregs

Here’s what I think: let’s allow the body to reach room temp before we start the partisan assualts. Politics is so toxic that we’re beginning to lose our humanity. Bush 1 wasn’t perfect and neither are you but they’re lots of people who loved and respected him. There’s plenty of time to debate his legacy, but can’t we agree he was a civil, humanitarian with whom we have policy disagreements?

He’s not a war criminal or a genocidal manic! I never voted for him but I don’t hate him and I find much about his life to be admired.

GeneHartke
GeneHartke

How many days must pass before an honest conversation is allowed? During that time, I recommend you turn off cable news and begin your research reading objective reports about Iran-Contra and the Gulf War.

Gregs
Gregs

I can’t answer your questions. Find your humanity and you will know.

GeneHartke
GeneHartke

So never then. We have this odd way of putting ruling elites on pedestals in death. Greenwald wrote a good article a few years ago about the danger of this phenomenon. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/apr/08/margaret-thatcher-death-etiquette

chamblee54
chamblee54

Being courteous when speaking of the recently departed is a sign of having class. You do this for you, not for them.

Gregs
Gregs

Yes, Mr Bush is dead and nothing you say or do will hurt him. But…you’re still alive and every debasement of your soul harms you.

xdog
xdog

I always appreciated that Bush was a great fan of the game.

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GHWB’s lifelong love affair with baseball.